Polokwane schools up in arms about language policy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Sun Mar 5 11:41:14 UTC 2006

Polokwane schools up in arms about language policy
March 03, 2006, 17:15

Certain former model C schools in Polokwane are up in arms against the
provincial government's implementation of the new language policy in schools.
Limpopo was the first province in the country to begin introducing african
languages as content subjects.

Many Sepedi-speaking pupils at Capricorn High School have complained that they
have to take Sepedi as a subject. They claim that if they wanted to speak their
home language they would not have gone to an English school.

Provincial education authorities have accused the educators of having a negative
attitude towards the matter.

School Governing Body chairperson Willie Modisha says the introduction of
african languages was not well communicated between the school, department and
parents. Some of the teachers have threatened to resign.


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