Comment on school language awaited

2013-11-13 15:44


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Johannesburg - Public comment is being awaited on a policy on the compulsory teaching of African languages in public schools, the basic education department said on Wednesday.

"The department... wishes to encourage all stakeholders and interested parties to make their comments, which will serve to inform the implementation of the policy," department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said in a statement.

The deadline for comments was 12 February, Mhlanga said. Submissions could be made to the department via e-mail, fax or post.

Mhlanga said the Constitution called for measures to be taken to promote and develop previously marginalised languages.

The National Development Plan requires all South Africans to learn at least one indigenous language as part of nation building and social cohesion.

"To make concrete this noble intention, the department conducted an investigation on how best this can be done," Mhlanga said.

"The department did its homework... and announced plans to strengthen the teaching of African languages through the Incremental Introduction of African Languages [IIAL] in all public schools from Grades 1 to 12."

This would be compulsory for all pupils in all public schools.

The IIAL would begin in 2015 with Grade 1 pupils. It would then be introduced to the rest of the grades each year consecutively until 2026 with Grade 12 pupils, Mhlanga said.

A pilot of the IIAL would run in 2014 with the Grade 1 classes.

"The pilot will inform the feasibility of the extended school day, teacher provisioning models and support, and resources to support teaching and learning," he said.

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