Introduction of ‘imperial subject’ distressing

2015-08-19 06:00

SANDRA BALOYI, president-general of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas):

MANDARIN is due to be formally endorsed as one of the subjects in all South African public schools in the year 2016.

The organisation is disturbed by this reactionary act by the Department of Basic Education.

As Cosas, we have long made a call against this imperialist subject during discussions on whether the subject should be introduced in South African schools or not; that we do not want this imperialist Mandarin subject in our South African schools, which we believe is another form of modern colonialism.

We are flabbergasted to see reports that the DOE has formally announced that the subject is to be part of the syllabus as from next year. We are, however, not apologetic in stating that we condemn such a reactionary act with the contempt it deserves; that the introduction of this imperialist subject is a serious insult to the learners and the working class. The poor black teachers will fall victim to unemployment if Mandarin is introduced in our schools.

The organisation further supports the call made by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) regarding the introduction of this controversial subject.

Our belief is that we still have a lot of work to do in getting our brothers and sisters to learn their very own African languages, but now they are to be subjected to an imperialist subject.

We want to assure the Department of Basic Education that we are not ready to spare anyone’s feelings, but to fight fire with fire – we shall leave no stone unturned.

We are not being racial as an organisation. What we are saying is that by introducing this imperialist language in our schools, the country will be running a risk of disadvantaging the working class and the poor.

We do not want to hear anything further on how the subject will be channelled in our schools; we are clear without any fear or contradiction that we do not want this imperialist subject in our schools; our brothers and sisters shall never be colonised after having achieved a decisive democratic breakthrough.

We are shocked that those who fought the colonial system in South Africa are the ones who today are in the forefront endorsing imperialist elements in our country.

If they have unduly benefited we will expose them. Learners of this country shall never be sold to the Chinese

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