[lg policy] South Africa: Education department invites comments from public on African language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 15 17:51:36 UTC 2013

 SA: Education department invites comments from public on African language
Posted by Marc Mcilhone <http://africanbrains.net/author/marc/>

The Department of Basic Education has released the Incremental Introduction
of African Languages policy for public comment.

The implementation of the *Incremental Introduction of African Languages
(IIAL)* will commence in 2015 in Grade 1 and will be introduced
incrementally until 2026 when it will be introduced in Grade12.  The
implementation will be preceded by a pilot in 2014 in Grade 1. The pilot
will inform the feasibility of the extended school day; teacher
provisioning models and support; and resources to support teaching and

The DBE values the constructive comments of the public and wishes to
encourage all stakeholders and interested parties to make their comments
which will serve to inform the implementation of the policy.

South Africa is a multilingual country with a rich diversity of languages
reflective of its multicultural population. The South African Constitution
provides for 11 official languages as Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati,
Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

The South African Constitution calls for the state to take practical and
positive measures to promote and develop the previously marginalised
languages. The National Development Plan requires all South Africans to
learn at least one indigenous language as part of nation building and
social cohesion. To make concrete this noble intention, the Department of
Basic Education conducted an investigation on how best can this be done.
The investigation recommended that the offering of indigenous languages
should be made compulsory to all learners in all public schools. The
Department did its homework, conscious of the importance of languages and
communication in promoting social cohesion and nation building, and
announced plans to strengthen the teaching of African languages through the
Incremental Introduction of African Languages (IIAL) in all public schools
from Grades 1-12.

*The deadline for public comments is 12 February 2014.  Submissions can be
made via email to **govender.z at dbe.gov.za* <govender.z at dbe.gov.za>* or fax
to 012 323 0069 or post to Private Bag 895, Pretoria, 0001*


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