South Africa: Another school language battle looms

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jan 20 14:04:53 UTC 2009

Another school language battle looms
Published in: Legalbrief Today
Date: Mon 19 January 2009
Issue No: 2235

Another battle between a school governing body and the Department of
Education over the right to set language policy is imminent, notes a
Beeld report.

It says the chair of the Hoƫrskool Hans Strijdom in Mookgophong
(Naboomspruit) refused to register 10 English-speaking pupils with the
school. This sparked a battle with the Limpopo Department of
Education, which has insisted the school incorporate English as a
language of instruction from this year. A similar battle is still on
appeal in the High Court after the principal of Hoƫrskool Ermelo was
sacked for refusing to alter the school's language policy last year.

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