‘Schools must promote African languages’

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday stressed the importance of introducing more African languages into the school curriculum.

She addressed education ministers from across Africa on the importance of language policies, a matter she feels passionate about.

The incremental introduction of African languages in all South African schools is a pilot project which will be launched in some 800 schools in 2014.

The project will see pupils learning three languages instead of two.

Motshekga says it is important that all 11 official languages be taught at school level in an effort to promote cultural diversity.

Meanwhile, isiZulu will be compulsory for all first year students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 2014.

The new policy will apply to all undergraduate students, irrespective of their programmes.