No good story for pupils

Despite all assurances from education officials that learning material would be delivered to all schools on time, another textbook scandal has surfaced in Limpopo.

City Press reported on Sunday that 23 schools were still short of more than 18 000 books – three months into the school year.

This is the same province in which thousands of pupils were betrayed by government after the Department of Basic Education failed to deliver textbooks to dozens of school last year, prompting a national outcry and calls for the head of Minister Angie Motshekga.

In any normal democracy where public representatives are held to account, a minister with Motshekga’s track record, whose department has to be dragged to court before executing its mandate, would have long ago stepped aside voluntarily.

But not here. Instead Motshekga, a known Jacob Zuma supporter, will not only keep her job – her name will definitely be on the list of new Cabinet members Jacob Zuma will announce after the May 7 elections.

We guess this is another “good story” the Zuma administration has to tell.


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