Tom Stokes, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Education
The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes an announcement by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, that the compulsory introduction of an African language, for all grade R and 1 government school pupils, is to be put on hold while a pilot project takes place.
According to the Minister, 10 schools in each district within the province will test the new system. The decision to delay the plan was taken in a bid to prevent inevitable disruption to next year’s school curriculum.
The DA fully supports the department on this. The new academic year is just over 5 months away and there are many issues which must still be addressed, including how an extra subject will be slotted into the day as well as the procurement of skilled educators.
When the plan was first announced, the DA warned education officials that they should tread carefully and should adopt a pragmatic approach, rather than rushing African language tuition from the beginning of next year. It is encouraging that the Minister has responded to this.