Longer school day to teach 3rd language

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Cape Town - Pupils may have to spend up to an hour longer at school each day in order to accommodate the teaching of a third - African - language.

The Cape Times reported on Wednesday that in terms of a draft policy on the incremental introduction of African languages, school days could be lengthened by between 24 minutes and an hour.

The proposed policy, which is being circulated, will see the introduction of teaching of a third language, with a pilot project to start next year.

In terms of the draft policy, the amount of time allocated to the teaching of languages would have to be increased, as taking time away from other subjects would have a negative impact on results.

"Consequently, the school day will need to be extended to allow for an increase in instructional time. Research from a variety of countries has shown that the amount of time available for teaching and learning academic subjects, and how well that time is used by pupils and teachers, is consistently related to how much children learn while they are in school," the incremental introduction of African languages in South African schools draft policy states.

According to the Cape Times, instructional time from Grade R to Grade 2 would be extended by two hours a week, with the school day for Grade 3 extended by three hours a week and from Grades 4 to 12 extended by an hour a day.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently announced the proposal to introduce the use of African languages as languages of learning and teaching beyond Grade 3, and for all pupils to learn three languages up until Grade 12, with two of these being at home language level.

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