PLEASE NOTE:

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

 
Fana Jeffrey Shisinga
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 404
 
 
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.

 

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Graeme Long
The Calamitous World Order and Ho...

I’m a bona fide history nut. Whether it’s a subject, country or person the only sure-fire way to understand it, is to know the history. Read more...

0 comments 1194 views
Submitted by
Cerin Maduray
Saving to Save South Africa's Tre...

At the back end of last year we entered an interest rate hiking period. Mostly notable by the recent 50bps rate increase. Read more...

0 comments 190 views
Submitted by
Nhlane Mohlamonyane
Water in Moutse specifically Ntwa...

We are all more than well aware of the fact that the Country at the moment is experiencing one of the most severe and worst droughts that is has ever had and that the possibility of it breaking soon being hardly unlikely especially so in view of the El Nino effect on our position in South Africa. Read more...

0 comments 60 views
Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky637
Being referee and player at the s...

The MPAC (Municipal Public Accounts Committee) constituted to conduct an oversight role on the finances in reference to what prevails within the circumambient ambit of the Elias Motsoaledi Local Council has one of the most peculiar compositions that you can ever imagine it to be. Read more...

0 comments 74 views
Submitted by
Esme Joaquim
About the article Lawyer fasts fo...

I worked with Mr Loots from 1998 to 2000, it is unbelievable that this matter has still not been resolved by Legal Aid South Africa (LASA). Read more...

0 comments 103 views
Submitted by
Nkosilathi Munsaka
Positive dimensions

You are what you think! in the short term this may not be true but in the long term our lives are the some total of the thoughts that we entertained and allowed to influence our judgement. Read more...

0 comments 183 views
 

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 Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2016 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.