Plans to mandate African languages in schools cause a stir

Responses are divided to the plans to compel some schools to teach pupils in two languages, with some listeners suggesting that the decision is racist or may dilute English proficiency.

This comes after the Johannesburg High Court ruled in favour of school governing bodies who want to teach in a preferred language.

The announcement that all grade one and grade two pupils will be taught an African language from 2016 has been criticized for the possible alienation it could create.

Listen to the full conversation:

Teaching students in the mother tongue will be furthering the aims of Apartheid all over again. We will have to have separate schools for all races and languages. This is not what Nelson Mandela envisaged - a rainbow nation.

Mac, caller

I've found that people who are not proficient in English really struggle. To me, it's not a question of culture, or Apartheid or anything else from the past. It's a question of business and making it in the world once we leave school.

Steve, caller

Love your culture at home, but don't bring it into the office. Let the language of education be English, even change your name. If you are Hulisani, change your name to Huli.

Steve, caller

If you were taught in your mother tongue, your confidence is much higher. Productivity in schools will be greater if we implement this.

Mary, caller

This article first appeared on 702 : Plans to mandate African languages in schools cause a stir


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