English vs African languages

By admin
04 December 2013

Teaser: Is speaking only English disadvantaging our children?


Precious Ncube says she is in favour of her young daughter learning English at school and at home because this is the language that will open opportunities for her daughter. “I want my daughter to be able to get a job and be successful one day.

She must know how to speak English,” she says. In a world where English is one of the most spoken language, Precious feels she has no choice. “Job interviews are conducted in English and not in Zulu.” She says people of her generation who didn’t have the opportunity to learn English are now disadvantaged. “Every single job requires you to be fluent in English.”

“I think my child will grow up and work in a world where she will need to be fluent in English in order to survive.” English is the uniting language that enables us to speak to people of other cultures, adds Precious. She says that nobody should blame or judge her if her daughter speaks English.

She believes, like many parents, that she is empowering her daughter.