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    Default South African schools to drop Zulu and Xhosa languages, stirring debate

    South African schools to drop Zulu and Xhosa languages, stirring debate

    Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:50 am, Wed Jan 25, 2012.
    South African schools to drop Zulu and Xhosa languages, stirring debateBy Fungai MaborekeNew York Amsterdam News | 0 comments


    Jan. 24 (GIN) - South African Model C primary
    schools have been quietly removing Zulu and
    Xhosa languages from their curriculum leaving
    English and Afrikaans, popularly known as "the
    oppressors' language" during the apartheid era
    as the medium of Instruction.

    The move was described as "tragic" by academics
    even though Afrikaans appears to be the next
    dominant idiom after English.

    Officially, students should be taught in their mother
    tongue from Grades 1 to 3, but a survey by the
    Sunday Times newspaper found this was not
    happening. In fact, by the time they got to 12th
    year, most pupils were opting for Afrikaans as their
    first additional language after English with 68,455
    choosing Afrikaans, 10,943 choosing Zulu and 1,547
    choosing Xhosa.

    A letter from Mntomuhle Khawula of the Inkatha
    Freedom Party and an education advisor, was
    particularly critical: "Exclusion of African languages
    (isiZulu and isiXhosa) in some former Model C Primary
    schools is systematically discriminating and singling
    out certain racial groups."

    "We cannot sideline our African languages because
    not only is it an insult to those who speak it but it's
    reviving the struggle of languages like it happened
    many years ago with Bantu education, we need to
    find a curriculum that will accommodate each and
    every language."

    Bobby Soobrayan, director of basic education,
    countered: "It is misleading to say that because
    of government policy, schools are scrapping African
    languages in favor of Afrikaans..." However, he
    added, "Because school governing bodies determine
    the language policy, some schools choose to offer
    Afrikaans as the first additional language."

    Soobrayan insisted: "What we want to see is every
    pupil being competent in an African language when
    they leave school."
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    Default Re: South African schools to drop Zulu and Xhosa languages, stirring debate

    And the ANC just celebrated 100 years of existence, what are they doing or saying about this? I could guess.

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    Default Re: South African schools to drop Zulu and Xhosa languages, stirring debate

    Uhuru Yaw!
    Meda wo ase for your comment. And your guess
    would probably be on point.

    Apparently, in this article I found, the ANC
    is having some internal issues. This article describes
    the events that took place at the 100 year celebration
    covering comments made by various presidents and
    attendees. However the writer ends the article
    with this:

    "The struggle for freedom, justice, human rights and against racism is a global battle. I see the ANC in the vanguard, not just in South Africa but throughout the continent and the globe." [said UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon]

    [Author's reply] Increasingly, the only people who appear to need reminding of this are mainly to be found inside the African National Congress.
    Now that is really his opinion of the ANC. I,
    unfortunately do not know enough of the
    details about the internal stuff going on to agree
    or disagree, but it's something to question.

    However, I agree with you. It would be
    good to see what they have to say about
    this, and better yet, do something to address
    this issue.

    Once again, I appreciate your two cents
    on the matter!

    Blessings
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    To Be AnAfrikan Woman is to:

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    I visited South Africa in 2009. I am not surprised to that this is happening nor am I surprised that so many Africans, I presume, have picked a bastardized Dutch or English over their native languages. South Africa is a disappointment through out. From the idiotic plan to make 11 official languages to legalizing homosexuality the place is a playing field for so called "white people". It makes me very upset but what can one do about it? The Africans in the southern part of Africa refuse to think that white people are their enemy, they simply refuse. They work against their own interest constantly. They have no type of Black nationalist education, something that should have been a staple in that area by now. It's a loss. Why would you not pick one official African language? Why would you not make education free to all? Why would you praise a no good scoundrel and weak minded attention hungry megalomaniac like Mandela? Who obviously had no worthwhile ideas to truly help the masses of Africans in the region. Why are Black Africans in that the part of the world so focused on being peaceful with their enemy?

    This stories makes me sick because it boils down to self hatred which is taught.

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    @ asarhongo - didn't know SA legalized homosexuality! wow! wow on one hand, not that surprised on the other. I'm considering visiting there in the summer but after reading your post I'm inclined to visit elsewhere in the region... Tanzania has been calling my name for a little while now. But in response to what you said, it seems to me that the need to love our enemies and refusal to see whites (arabs, chinese, kwk) for what they are is a problem facing black people globally. Its disturbing to say the least.
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    Do we have any members that can teach us the language?
    @Obadele Kambon, can we get this started here? Then we can shoot some folks down there to teach the language.
    Last edited by Jujamea; 01-29-2012 at 07:50 AM.

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    This truly breaks my heart, but SA has been becoming a white man's country for some time now. Mandela made sure of that. smh.

 

 
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