Longer school day to teach 3rd language

2013-08-21 13:17

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Read more on:    angie motshekga  |  education  |  culture
SHARE:

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
171 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!

Who would have guessed the world’s least visited country would have such spectacular beaches?

 
 

I love summer.24

LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy 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

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

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.