Tag: SouthAfrica

South Africa’s Controversial Language Education

Schools in South Africa will begin offering instruction in various African languages beginning next year. "This means that schools that previously offered English and Afrikaans will now be mandated to offer African languages from Grade 1 and continue incrementally year-on-year," Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga told reporters in Pretoria. The minister also took the opportunity to clear up what she...

South Africa’s Plans for Chinese Language Education

In the wake of university student protests against multilingual instruction in South Africa, the South African education system announced plans to implement optional Chinese language classes in schools. The Chinese language is the latest of about a dozen new languages proposed for South Africa's education system, including German, Serbian, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Telegu, and Urdu. China and South...

Students Protest Multilingual Instruction in South Africa

Student protests disrupted classes and led to the cancellation of a career fair at Stellenbosch University in Western Cape, South Africa over a school-wide language policy that gives Afrikaans and English equal status as languages of teaching and learning.The university, a public research institution ranked in the top three of South Africa’s colleges, traditionally taught white students using Afrikaans...