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Indigenous languages compulsory in schools by 2014



All Mzansi schools including model C schools will teach atleast one indigenous language from 2014. It will be compulsory that ilwimi lwesintu be included.

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Eintlek’ this policy comes amidst results of the 2011 census which showed a decline in six of the 11 official languages. Social transformation committee member Bra Joe Phaahla spoke at an ANC meeting in Mangaung said, this was in the spirit of preserving and promoting cultural heritage.

He continued to say that the Department of Basic Education had given assurance that this will be implemented in the next two years.

“The policy is already far advanced, by 2014 we will be able to implement it.”

"If for example a school is in the Free State, then it will automatically teach SeSotho as compulsory, in KwaZulu-Natal it will be isiZulu,"




By Siphiwo Nkonki

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