Non official language: Chinese for school pupils

By Drum Digital
31 March 2015

The language choices include Chinese, German, Serbian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Telegu and Urbu.

The Department of Basic Education has approved  non-official languages as part of the school curriculum, reports The Star.

The language choices include Chinese, German, Serbian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Telegu and Urdu.

According to the report, this will be official next year as from January next year, pupils in grade 4 to 12 will have the option of taking Mandarin as a second language option. The notice of the implementation of the languages was issued by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga on 20 March.

The department's communications Mr Mhlanga told DRUM that the country has a great business relationship with China.

"They help us with the curriculum, so it will be better if we know their language when we do business.

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