PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Fana Jeffrey Shisinga
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 386
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Fana Jeffrey Shisinga's badges.
 

Teaching vernaculars in school

12 October 2013, 10:32

Teaching learners in our own vernacular will not improve pass rate but introducing home literacy will do.

After a long and dedicated extensive reading on the issue of language barrier when it comes to teaching in our public schools; I am glad to say that the only way forward would be to set up the commission of enquiry to find out as to what are the language(s) teachers doing during their periods at school with our kids.

If I get paid every month to teach learners Xitsonga and at the end of the year learners do not know how to use Xitsonga, surely there is something that I am not doing right.

Maybe it could be that the department of education is employing teachers who are not competent enough on their fields, or it could be that teachers are not encouraging and motivating learners to see the need for improvement or even the need for getting educated.

As much as we want to preserve our own indigenous languages, let us not do it in a way that it will substitute the use of English or other languages that have been working for us all along.  Teachers should use vernaculars to explain concepts but not to entirely teach the whole subject.

Teaching Learners Geography is Xitsonga for instance may sound great but do we really have enough authors in our country to translate or to write Geography text books in Xitsonga? Or can the government manage to employ two teachers of the same subjects (the one who does it in English and the one in Xitsonga)

Another thing worth pondering is the fact that our department of education test our learners on a national basis, for example the UMALUSI , requires that for any student to gain access to the university, he or she has to pass English and a mother tongue Language before we consider a pass for any other subjects.

So, if we start translating all our text books to vernaculars as others propose, won’t we be taking ourselves backwards?  Even if such a move could be adopted, what would qualify the current educators to do better? I mean they already speak the vernaculars themselves but we still have learners who are doing those subjects and yet cannot be good on them.

What we need are teachers who are competent. So, the department of education should be strict on awarding any teaching degree, diploma or certificate. Teachers should be well trained to an extent that when he/she is in a classroom, they must teach those learners as if they are training them to be teachers.

Lastly, the only thing that scholars, teachers and fellow South Africans should be advocating for is home literacy not introducing vernaculars to all subjects.  Kids spend most of their hours at home as compared to the time spent in the classroom. Danger occurs to those learners whose parents are not literate. However, they can also help their kids by introducing them to the university, college, FET graduates in their community who are not working or those that are not at school. Just Imagine if each of us (graduates) can adopt 1 or 2 learners from our community and pay attention to their studies, surely something great can come out of it.

I am Shisinga Jeffrey, Currently enrolled for a Master degree in African studies with Leipzig University, Germany. Originally, I am from Limpopo (Tzaneen). I have a Bachelor degree in Media and Communication Studies, and also an Honours degree with the University of Limpopo.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Warren Holman
Open letter to Mr Zuma Part one

Bring on 2014 and it is with utter disappointment that I look onto this country, remembering the hope I had in 1994. Read more...

1 comments 145 views
Submitted by
Tyronehster
The Halls of Jacob Zuma

Every freedom that’s been fought for every decent human right will be taken from the people more especially if they’re white. Read more...

1 comments 135 views
Submitted by
Irukandji
Why so loud?

Each one seemed to have a built-in, vocal cord amplifier – set at maximum decibels. Read more...

31 comments 466 views
Submitted by
Godless Heathen
I am an oppressor

Being a white man it is incumbent on me to oppress my rage at some of the folly I encounter daily. Read more...

6 comments 472 views
Submitted by
Guy Alain Lukoki
Position yourself and be wise!

If you are everywhere that seems you are nowhere! Do not live by chance! Read more...

7 comments 331 views
That Plane In Ukraine (update 4)

In spite of the fact that the area of Donesk has been declared to be a No combat Zone so that the investigators can do their job, Kiev continued to bomb around the city Read more...

7 comments 310 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.