Teach students in their mother tongue - Mulder

Freedom Front Plus leader said many South African pupils are not being taught in their home language.

A school teacher in class . Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said many South African pupils are still not being taught in their mother tongue.

Mulder addressed a party gathering in Centurion on Saturday, when he accused the ANC government of failing to learn from the events that led to the Soweto student uprising in 1976.

Soweto students took to the streets on 16 June 1976 in protest of apartheid laws, including being taught in Afrikaans.

Mulder said it is unacceptable that students are not afforded the right to learn in their home language.

"It seems they [the ANC government] have not learnt their lesson, by forcing languages on certain people. We welcome the [Use of Official Languages Bill] - that will hopefully make it better."

He said it was worrying that students are forced to learn in a language not spoken in their homes and communities.