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Ramaphosa positive about SA education

ANC’s Cyril Ramaphosa says the country’s education system will be amongst the best in the world.

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said government has provided good education and was on track with making on par with the best in the world.

During the African National Congress Limpopo youth league dialogue in Polokwane on Friday Ramaphosa was told some schools in the province still do not have textbooks.

He said education was one of the areas in society where the legacy of apartheid was still felt at its worst, but he said things could only get better for the sector.

"Our education system will work like a great machine. Our education system will yield the best results and we want to get there. We will get there. Our education system will be one of the best in the world."

He also said South Africans were not at the level where the ANC wants them to be.

"The glass is half full and not half empty. We still have a long way to go."

Ramaphosa said the ruling party would release a report on all of its successes in government over the past 20 years ahead of the next general elections.

In 2012, Limpopo pupils had to go for months without textbooks after the Basic Education Department failed to deliver.

Section 27 took the ministry to court in a bid to force it to deliver textbooks.

In Eastern Cape, pupils had to wait for months for workbooks. Several thousand school workbooks were returned to the provincial education department because they were in the wrong language.

Opposition parties called on Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to resign following the debacle.

Despite this, Motshekga wasn't dropped from cabinet.