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Gauteng schools to teach African languages in 2017 to 'decolonise' curriculum

From next year, all grade 1 pupils will have the option to be taught in an African language in Gauteng.

Gauteng Education spokesperson Oupa Bodibe believes that the resistance to the policy stems from a colonial way of thinking.

It's about decolonisation at the core, because we've come to accept English as the standard of languages that we must use to engage.

Oupa Bodibe, Gauteng Education spokesperson

He explains that the provincial department has been consulting with school governing bodies to bring them on board.

The consultation process took longer than expected.

Oupa Bodibe, Gauteng Education spokesperson

According to Bodibe, the department had to ensure the availability of educators and learning materials.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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