[lg policy] Lesufi adamant he can tell schools to change language of instruction

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 10:13:08 EDT 2018


 esufi adamant he can tell schools to change language of instruction
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schools and at any school regardless of the school's language policy. File
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Panyaza Lesufi said parents were allowed to apply at five different schools
and at any school regardless of the school's language policy. File photo.
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Gauteng parents can choose which school they want their children to go to
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 by 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 can apply
for school was enforceable‚ the department was consulting on a feeder zone
policy.
<https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-04-12-online-school-applications-what-you-need-to-know/>
Online school applications: What you need to know
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the online system should be able
to handle the demand for schools when the application process begins on ...
News
5 days ago
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This means if a school near to your home is full you 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.

- SowetanLIVE


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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