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Language and the current challenges in the South African school system

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dc.contributor.author Mncwango, E.M
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-24T10:03:27Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-24T10:03:27Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Mbatha, B., 2009. Barriers that impede the effectiveness of precautionary measures of combating the spread of HIV and AIDS: the case of the University of Zululand and Mangosuthu University of Technology. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(1), pp.43-50. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1982
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso, Volume 1, Issue 1, Jan 2009, p. 51 - 54 en_US
dc.description.abstract The paper discusses the current challenges facing the school system in South Africa with regard to language, and the role schools can play to achieve the government’s objective of multilingualism. Schools are viewed as the most fertile ground for the promotion of multilingualism, as they are attended by learners from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. What obtains in many schools, especially former Model C schools, is that most of them have not included indigenous African languages in their school curricula. The few that have, offer them at second or third language level – just ‘isiZulu for communication’, etc. In this way, only the language for communication purposes is taught, which does not mean full literacy in the language, or cultural integration. The argument is that with a willing heart on the part of the School Governing Body (SGB), as well as the School Management Team (SMT), language could be used as a tool to integrate learners. This, it is argued, does not obtain in the majority of urban schools. The paper is part of a study which was conducted in 2007. It is, therefore, underpinned by empirical evidence which was solicited from urban (English and Afrikaans medium), and rural (English and isiZulu medium) schools. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Language en_US
dc.subject Schools en_US
dc.subject multilingualism en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Education System en_US
dc.title Language and the current challenges in the South African school system en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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