[lg policy] South Africa: ANCYL to target Afrikaans-only schools

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed May 27 14:21:26 UTC 2015

 ANCYL to target Afrikaans-only schools May 27 2015 at 12:32pm
By Kennedy Mudzuli  Comment on this story
IOL pic jan30 chalk board] INDEPENDENT MEDIA

Pretoria - The gloves are off against public schools in Pretoria east that
still use Afrikaans on all their written materials, thereby excluding those
who did not speak the language from getting quality education closer to
their homes.

The ANC Youth League in the region said it would demand meetings with
school governing bodies and make it clear that the time for the
transformation of institutions had arrived.

Leader of the youth league in the area, Tshepo Masanabo, said all the
materials, including admission forms and websites, of those schools were in
Afrikaans, and this would no longer be tolerated.

Masanabo said they would embark on a campaign to secure an equitable
dispensation with regards to language policy at public schools.

He said the decision followed several incidents of language discrimination
at schools in the east.

“Our view is that the use of language policy as an exclusionary measure
disadvantages other learners and undermines the values and mandate of
public education.

“In our context, we take this view specifically where Afrikaans medium
schools are concerned.

“It is wholly impractical for public schools to be providing single-medium
Afrikaans education within the rapidly transforming urban settings,”
Masanabo said.

He said the result of the single-medium approach was a situation where many
non-Afrikaans speaking pupils, particularly blacks, Indian and
English-speaking white pupils, couldn’t find spaces in local schools.
Masanabo said the youth league would be agitating for a rapid change in
language policy at schools in the region.

“Our aim is to see the inclusion of the currently excluded non-Afrikaans
speaking learners as soon as reasonably possible.

“We will campaign relentlessly and militantly in the pursuit of our goal.
We do not dispute that Afrikaans is an official language, nor do we dispute
that the Afrikaans language should be taught in schools for its

“However, we echo the sentiments of the youth of 1976, who had opposed the
imposition of a certain language as a medium of learning and teaching, to
the exclusion of alternatives, in schools in close proximity to their homes
wherein the demographics of the communities dictated otherwise,” he said.

“Likewise, today’s young people cannot be excluded from quality basic
education in close proximity to their homes because they do not comply with
an outdated language policy…”

The league was calling on parents, teachers and pupils from across the city
to join its campaign.

kennedy.mudzuli at inl.co.za

*Pretoria News*


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