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'Afrikaans is not compulsory as additional language – you can’t force learners'

26 January 2022 12:27 PM
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SADTU
South African Democratic Teachers Union
Mugwena Maluleke
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Africa Melane interviews South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke.

Sandile, a listener from Johannesburg, called Africa Melane on Wednesday to ask why Afrikaans is still being taught at schools if learners do not speak it as a first language.

Melane asked South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke to respond to the call (scroll up to listen and/or scroll down for quotes from the interview).

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Did you know?

  • There are about seven million native speakers of Afrikaans in South Africa, making it the third-most spoken first language after isiZulu and isiXhosa

  • It is the majority language in the Northern Cape and Western Cape

  • About six in 10 native speakers of Afrikaans are Black

There is no policy that would force a learner… to do Afrikaans as a first additional language… It’s not compulsory…

Mugwena Maluleke, General Secretary - South African Democratic Teachers Union

Sandile can petition the school… it’s been proven… that learning in your mother tongue is an advantage…

Mugwena Maluleke, General Secretary - South African Democratic Teachers Union



26 January 2022 12:27 PM
Tags:
Education
SADTU
South African Democratic Teachers Union
Mugwena Maluleke
Afrikaans
Africa Melane
Early breakfast

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