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Motshekga back in Limpopo

The Minister of Basic Education is due to head to Limpopo, amid reports about exam failures.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is due to return to Limpopo on Monday amid fresh controversy over how schools performed during their mid-year exams.

Reports emerged on Sunday that majority of grade 10 pupils in schools which went without textbooks failed their June exams.

But the department said the exam results were still being processed and that a snap survey did not constitute scientific research.

Spokesperson for the education department Panyaza Lesufi said it was simply unfair for the media and general public to draw conclusions before the exam results were released.

“Before you paint a picture of Limpopo, get all the information and results of all the schools in Limpopo.”

He said Motshekga was returning to Limpopo to implement the recommendations of the Metcalfe Report - which found that some schools were still waiting for textbooks. 

Mary Metcalfe, a Wits University professor and former Higher Education director-general, was appointed by President Jacob Zuma to chair an audit team that determined whether all learning material was delivered to Limpopo schools.

Metcalfe was also tasked with proposing ways to prevent a similar crisis in the future.

This followed the department’s failure to deliver books to all schools by 15 June, a date imposed by the North Gauteng High Court.

Motshekga’s department missed another 27 June deadline it had agreed to with rights group Section 27 – applicants in the Pretoria court interdict. 

Her department took over the administration of Limpopo education in December – after that department overspent its budget. 

Meanwhile, Lesufi said a catch-up plan set up by the department was in full swing.

“Those that want to enter the blame game, let them satisfy themselves with that. We’ll roll up our sleeves and ensure the work gets done.”

Motshekga has been called on to set a new deadline for the delivery of all books - and to resign if that is not met.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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