[lg policy] Australia: Bilingual debate rages in Northern Territory

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 15 14:41:39 UTC 2009

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ABC News

Bilingual debate rages in NT

Jerry Patrick Jangala was a young man in the late 1940s when he saw
white men for the first time.

They put him in a truck and took him from the Tanami Desert to what is
now called Lajamanu, a remote Aboriginal community about 900
kilometres south of Darwin.

Mr Jangala is one of Lajamanu's last traditional elders, and his
language, Warlpiri, is one of only about 20 Aboriginal languages still
spoken by Indigenous children.


In October last year, the Government decided to slash bilingual
education hours in eight public schools, blaming the policy for the
poor educational outcomes in the remote communities where the program
was in place.

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