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'African, other indigenous languages must be preserved'

A new policy will be introduced next year where it'll be compulsory for pupils to learn an African language.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says African languages, and other indigenous languages must be preserved, in order to have a sustainable and progressive education system.

The department is spear-heading a new language policy next year that will make it compulsory for grade 1 pupils to take an African language as a second additional language.

It says processes are in place to ensure the new policy kick-starts in January 2017.

The department's Oupa Bodibe says, "We will do everything in power to ensure that come January, we are ready to teach all children an African language of their choice."

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