[lg policy] Other Afrikaans schools' say ‘welkom’ to English-speaking pupils​

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Jan 22 10:21:01 EST 2018


 Other Afrikaans schools' say ‘welkom’ to English-speaking pupils​
21 January 2018 - 05:00 By PREGA GOVENDER
[image: Members of the farming community and protesters take video footage
of one another at Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging on the second day of
protests there.]
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Members of the farming community and protesters take video footage of one
another at Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging on the second day of protests
there.
Image: Alaister Russell

While Hoërskool  Overvaal in Vereeniging refuses to admit 55 black
English-speaking pupils, many other Afrikaans schools have become
multilingual.

Among the most recent to do so are Hoërskool  Jan Viljoen and Hoërskool
Riebeeckrand in Randfontein on the Gauteng West Rand.  Both will each admit
up to 105 English-speaking Grade 8 pupils this year.

Hoërskool Riebeeckrand principal Annelize van den Berg said: “I think it’s
the correct decision that we’ve made and I feel good about it. Nobody came
to me to say: ‘We don’t like it; we don’t want it.’
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“The teachers and other learners are very positive. I am really
experiencing a good feeling among the teachers about this.”

This week violent protest broke at Hoërskool Overvaal since  a court ruled
that Overvaal did not have to accept 55 English-speaking pupils into the
Afrikaans-medium school.


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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

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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