Are African languages given priority in South African schools? A caller on the Eusebius McKaiser Show, Donald says they are not.
I went to my child's Grade 3 parents meeting where they told us about the different ways they assess the children. When I asked about whether they also do a Setswana assessment, they said Tswana is not really important and it is a favour that the school gives to the children.— Donald, caller
He says he questioned why the school doesn't give African languages priority and was not satisfied by the answer the school gave him.
He says the state has never had a grip on prioritising African languages.
Toye also called in saying he doesn't blame the government, as each school has a language policy.
Part of a language policy allows parents to introduce their thoughts and views. Has he complained or made a request for a language change with the school governing body?— Toye, caller
He adds that people shouldn't blame the government for their own failures.
Issac says he lives in Venda, in an area where the closest school that offers Venda as a language is 50 kilometres away.
Coming from a minority point of view, it is difficult to change the language policy at my son's school.— Issac, caller
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