New language project starts in 10 schools

By Drum Digital
14 April 2014

The Tests Project for African Languages recently kicked off in 10 Western Cape schools. Here’s everything you need to know about the project.

The Tests Project for African Languages recently kicked off in 10 Western Cape schools. Here’s everything you need to know about the project.

What is it exactly?

It’s a project offered by the national department of basic education to gradually introduce the African language isiXhosa as a second additional language in schools from Grade 1.

How did schools facilitate it?

  • The 10 schools applied to the provincial education department to take part in the test project.

  • The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) demanded certain criteria be met before they chose the schools. These included accessibility, the school’s performance record, the school’s ability to handle the project and the make-up of the learner population.

  • The WCED held a meeting with all the schools to make sure everything was in order.

  • The schools discussed the syllabus with parents to accommodate the test project.

  • Schools adapted their timetables and extended the school day.

  • The WCED appointed five travelling teachers for the test project who’ll visit two or three schools to provide training. The appointed teachers went on a training programme in March which included the national policy on the gradual implementation of African languages (IIAL), the coursework and planned lessons.

Which schools are taking part?

  • Zonnebloem Boys’ Primary School
  • Montevideo Primary School
  • Cecil Road Primary School
  • Good Hope Seminary Junior
  • Vorentoe Primary School
  • Belhar Primary School
  • Simon’s Town School
  • West End Primary School
  • Square Hill Primary School
  • Kraaifontein Primary School

Why is it important to learn an African language?

  • It enables your child to speak to people of different races and communities and to understand them better.

  • When your child can speak another language it gives them an advantage over other people when one day applying for a job.

  • It allows your child to see things differently and broadens their knowledge of different cultures.

  • It improves your child’s brainpower and teaches them how to learn because it requires a lot of self-discipline and perseverance to learn a new language.

-Janine Nel

Additional sources: Die Burger, WCED.PGWC.gov.za

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