African languages - group backs Nzimande

2011-04-19 17:03

Johannesburg - An organisation promoting language rights on Tuesday came out in support of Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's call to make studying African languages compulsory.

"The call... to make it compulsory for students to learn and study an African language as a prerequisite to completing their undergraduate studies is almost long overdue," said the commission for the promotion and protection of the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities (CRL Rights Commission) in a statement.

African languages needed to be entrenched "right through secondary education and beyond".

"That is the approach that elevated English and Afrikaans to levels where they are today," said the CRL Rights Commission.

It said it would be available to assist the advisory committee in the minister's office to develop African languages.

"Resources should be made available at basic level so that all children access languages of their choice including African languages."

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