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Are African languages given priority in South African schools?

29 January 2019 11:17 AM
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African language at schools
priority
school governing body
Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a debate between callers on whether African languages are given preference in SA schools.

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.

READ: ConCourt upholds UFS decision to switch language policy to English

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

Listen below to the full open line:


29 January 2019 11:17 AM
Tags:
African language at schools
priority
school governing body

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