[lg policy] Language will not restrict choice of schools, says Gauteng’s Panyaza Lesufi

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 10:10:41 EDT 2018


 Language will not restrict choice of schools, says Gauteng’s Panyaza
Lesufi ‘If
the numbers are convincing we will go back to the school to tell them to
change their language’
17 April 2018 - 10:03 Yoliswa Sobuwa
[image: Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: SOWETAN]
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Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: SOWETAN

Gauteng parents can choose which school they want their children to attend
without being forced to select certain schools based on their demographics
and language.

This is according to Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi‚ as his
department processes online applications from the parents of grade 1 and 8
pupils to be admitted to government schools in the province next year.

Lesufi said even though the 5km radius determining where parents could
apply for school was enforceable‚ the department was consulting on a
feeder-zone policy.

He says parents are allowed to apply at five different schools — and at any
school regardless of the school’s language policy

This means if a school near someone’s home is full, they can be referred to
another even if it is outside the 5km radius.

Lesufi said parents were allowed to apply at five different schools — and
at any school regardless of the school’s language policy.

The use of language in schools admission became a contentious issue earlier
this year‚ with the department taking Hoerskool Overvaal‚ an Afrikaans
medium school‚ to court for refusing to admit 50 pupils to be taught in
English.

"If the numbers are convincing we will go back to the school to tell them
to change their language‚" Lesufi said.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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