Afrikaans-speaking parents threaten to close Eastern Cape school

2018-02-13 05:38

Disgruntled parents, pupils and community members have attempted to close Sandisulwazi Secondary School in Paterson, in the Eastern Cape, because it has no teacher to offer Afrikaans as a subject since May last year.

Away with Afrikaans

2018-01-28 06:01

Popular participation is needed to defeat reactionary and undemocratic decisions by school governing bodies that yearn for apartheid , write Castro Ngobese and Sibane Mngadi.

Blood and anger

2018-01-21 14:05

Racial divisions and tensions marred the beginning of the school year with weeklong violent protests at Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging, Gauteng, this week.

Language used as a barrier

2018-01-21 05:43

It is being used as a false shield to exclude those who are entitled to education at a school, writes Panyaza Lesufi.

Afrikaans is being bullied – FF Plus

2018-01-17 19:22

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s “tirade against Afrikaans”, along with the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the University of the Free State’s language policy, prove that the language is being bullied, FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald says.

Official accused of ‘racial’ profiling at Overvaal

2018-01-14 06:03

A senior Gauteng education official tasked with finding places for desperate pupils in schools has allegedly been manipulating the process by racially profiling children.

New dictionaries to help preserve SA’s language heritage

2017-10-15 06:00

South African indigenous languages may be saved from the list of those identified by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as likely to disappear at the end of this century.

Courts should promote all languages

2017-09-17 06:06

An apparent decision to make English the only language of record in SA’s high courts will have grave implications for access to justice, write Zakeera Docrat, Russell H Kaschula, Cerneels J A Lourens, Alana Bailey And Monwabisi K Ralarala.

Language as a mode of being

2017-08-20 06:17

I was seated in the corner of the pew alongside the aisle – past which the elder ladies would walk with a graceful posture that exuded authority and tradition. If I avoided eye contact, I would be rendered suspicious; a straight face would mean I was snobbish. The best chance I had was to turn my eyes away awkwardly and carry an acknowledging smile, writes Thobile Ndimande.

Saving minority languages

2017-08-05 16:24

In 2009, a deaf matriculant at Westville Boys’ High School in KwaZulu-Natal, Kyle Springate, withdrew his legal bid to force the department of education to allow him to take sign language as a subject, writes Sibusiso Nkosi.


Putting our languages on the shelf

2018-02-04 06:21

February is Language Month and on February 1 we celebrated World Read Aloud Day. All this while we are all still reeling from the report released in December that South Africa is rock bottom out of 50 countries in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, writes Gayle Edmunds.

Languages aren't racist, people are

2018-01-28 06:01

Linguicism can be linguistically argued to be racism, but the reality is that pupils will learn best in the language they understand best, write Russell Kaschula, Zakeera Docrat and Monwabisi Ralarala.

Ending the language of violence

2018-01-21 05:46

Hoërskool Overvaal protesters insist it must admit 55 more pupils, despite a court ruling, while others say the department must build more schools.

English or Afrikaans? Our identity is about so much more

2018-01-19 08:23

Condemning the behaviour of Afrikaans schools without doing anything to advance indigenous languages undermines our national identity anchored in unity in diversity, writes Mpumelelelo Mkhabela.

Importance of speaking your home language

2018-01-17 15:43

A lot of children don’t know their mother tongue and could face an identity crisis

Why our kids can’t understand what they read

2017-12-10 05:53

Lunga Siquku* finds it difficult to answer questions written in his home language, isiXhosa. He is among 78% of South Africa’s Grade 4 pupils who cannot understand what they read.

Be proud of your language

2017-09-24 06:26

Our greatest contribution to our heritage would be to preserve our own mother tongue, writes Lucas Ledwaba.

Home language can determine just how well pupils perform

2017-09-15 16:17

Tackling language policy could make all the difference in improving pupils' performance and producing the skilled labour that our country needs, as pupils perform better when they understand instruction because it's taught in their home language.

Fewer lectures offered in Afrikaans, Stellenbosch University language policy case hears

2017-08-17 12:34

Judgment has been reserved in a case to review and set aside Stellenbosch University's language policy.

isiZulu inspiration

2017-07-30 05:51

Fallist Thenjiwe Mswane has taken ownership of her Zulu heritage by writing and self-publishing a children’s book, writes Phumlani S Langa.

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