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Bring Back Xhosa and Zulu in Schools
Petition Background (Preamble):
As reported by the Sunday Times (22/01/2012 - "Xhosa, Zulu being axed at state schools") state schools are "scrapping" African languages and forcing pupils to study Afrikaans as their alternate second language. Particularly in the Western Cape province.
This cannot go unchallenged and necessitates resistance as well as a call to rally behind African languages in schools.
We further call on department officials, civil and political organisations, society in general, teachers and their respective unions to call for the removal of Afrikaans as a mandatory second language choice in schools. Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Venda or Tsonga should, at the least, be the mandatory second language options for learners over and above Afrikaans.
In other words the second language school option should be selected from the aforementioned list of African languages first, with Afrikaans being the very last option, if at all offered.
Of further discontent is that the majority of the African languages listed herein are not offered nor used in teaching at both school and tertiary education level. In a country where the majority is black.
An undertaking by the department, together with government as a whole, into this matter needs serious consideration and redress.
The Bring Back Xhosa and Zulu in Schools petition to Department of Education / RSA Government was written by Unathi Kondile and is in the category Education at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: african languages, xhosa, zulu, national curriculum, south africa, education, teachers, black majority, june 16