EC Dept of Education berated over failure to pay for 2016 text books


The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has lashed out at the Provincial Department of Education for reportedly failing to pay the Publishers’ Association of South Africa for the supply of 2016 year text books.

Speaking in a statement, party MPL Edmund van Vuuren, said members of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts were informed earlier this week that the department had been suffering due to a lack of internal management disputes, as well as a ‘general laxity' for a number of years.

“This department has been [characterised] by power struggles in the top management [and] should be locked down and restarted again,” van Vuuren said.

He also stated that various delays were likely due to the department’s maladministration of teacher numbers, adding that the party had resorted taking the matter up with Premier Phumolo Masualle as MEC Mandla Makapula “is part of the problem”.

“They are over-compensating by taking money from other items to pay the salaries of the more than 2 400 additional teachers in the system,” van Vuuren said.

“Between January and March 2015 this department underspent by R120-milion on compensation of employees. It is unacceptable that our learners continue to be the victims of the department’s incapability to manage its administration”.