Eastern languages will still be taught

2011-03-17 00:00

THE KZN Department of Education has again denied allegations that it is terminating the teaching of eastern languages in schools.

Last month, a Sunday newspaper reported that the department had decided to scrap eastern languages from the curriculum.

MEC Senzo Mchunu was also questioned about this in April last year.

Replying to the questions raised by the Democratic Alliance’s George Mari, Mchunu at the time said the department was not aware of any circulars sent out to schools on the termination of the eastern languages.

Mchunu had added that the KZN Department of Education does not have authority to include, exclude or phase out any aspects from the National Curriculum Statement policy which makes provision for the offering of eastern languages from grades four to 12.

However, fresh claims of this resurfaced recently after eastern languages teachers in Phoenix met. Department spokesperson Mbali Thusi denied the rumours again saying the department employs over 400 part-time teachers and special subject advisors to promote seven eastern languages. She also said that the department continues to hold workshops for eastern language teachers and continues to work with partners like the Indian Consulate.

Ministerial spokesperson Granville Whittle said all the approved subjects to be offered from 2012 are listed in the policy document called the National policy pertaining to the programme and promotion requirements of the National Curriculum Statement Grades R – 12.

Among the subjects are 14 non-official languages, which include the seven eastern languages referred to above.

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