Desiree van der Walt MPL
DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Basic Education
The DA stands firmly by its position that during last week’s legislature debate, MEC of Education Mr. Dickson Masemola admitted that there are still schools in Limpopo which still do not have textbooks delivered to them.
This is clearly evidenced by the verbatim transcribed by the Legislature. With regards to textbooks’ shortages it is clear that the MEC is referring to schools and not individual learners, not that there is any difference. When schools do not have textbooks, learners do not have textbooks and vice versa.
He even admitted that there was a need to readjust the examination timetables because the schools did not have the norms and standards allocation on time.
In fact he even said he instructed his head of department to investigate this of late payments of norms and standards and report to him in ten days.
Now it beggars belief that his officials come out publicly to negate what the MEC said in the Legislature. He is under oath when he makes pronouncements to parliament.
We challenge MEC Masemola to publicly give us the correct state of affairs with regards to the textbook issue. It is matter of such public importance and relates to the MEC’s accountability to parliament, so the MEC must personally explain himself. This is not a matter he can delegate to a junior official in his department.