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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Preserving African Language! Parents Kick against Advocacy for Mother Tongue use in Schools

 One of the greatest challenges bedeviling the African educational fortunes is the relegation of African language and cultural heritage to the background while embracing everything foreign and 'americana'. It is both shocking and shameful today to note that in many African countries today, the local languages are fast losing relevance while foreign languages are taking the driving seat.

Take the example of Nigeria as a case study.

Today in Nigeria, the three core languages- Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba- that used to be compulsory subjects for students during O' Level examinations are no more having that earlier status. Regrettably, the formulators of our national curriculum are now pushing French to be a compulsory subject.

Recommended: The Tricky Challenges of African Teachers and Education

How does that fare us well as a nation, nay a continent?

Do you think we are ready to change from this black man mentality of going after everything that is white?

You will be shocked to discover that we are not ready to bulge!

The following news report from NEWS24 tells it all.

Many black parents are preventing efforts aimed at educating their children in their mother tongue out of fear that this will adversely affect their future job prospects, according to Pearson Institute academic Dr Nhlanhla Thwala.

Thwala was responding to a presentation made by his colleague Brian Wafawarowa, the executive director for learning services at Pearson, during Edu Week – a two-day sub-Saharan Africa conference on education in Johannesburg.

Wafawarowa tabled a paper on exploring the importance of teaching, reading and writing in a mother tongue to improve literacy and education outcomes, and argued that this would create a conducive learning process.
However, he explained that his paper was not advocating for English to be dumped.

He said studies showed that children who were introduced to their mother tongue in grades one to three and gradually introduced to English from Grade 4 performed better.
“Mother tongue usage can improve literacy in education and improve learning outcomes. The use of African languages can improve productivity in the workplace and enhance social cohesion.

"To achieve this, the role of African languages in education, society and the workplace needs to be affirmed beyond the education system,” Wafawarowa explained.

Thwala said: “This is an elephant in the room. Because of the country’s colonial past, parents still view English as the only language that will get their children into top jobs.”

He said the will of parents not to steer a school in this direction always won whenever thorough discussions about the topic took place in schools.

Status quo

Here are parents' responses?

Monde Duma, whose wife took Gonubie Primary School in East London to court in 2012 over a language policy dispute to force the school to make isiXhosa an additional first language, said what happened in schools reflected power relations in society.

“In our case, there has never been an appetite to promote and develop our languages, even in this democratic dispensation.

"There is also a tendency for black parents to go along with the status quo by not advocating for meaningful change because of the energy and costs involved in pursuing such projects in an environment where the system is loaded against the black child and parent.”

He blamed former Model C schools, saying they manipulated the elections of school governing bodies, whereby a majority of white parents were elected into the body to defend the status quo.

“Later, the school governing body chairperson goes shopping for a pliant black parent who won’t challenge or advocate for the interests of the black child and parent, but will endorse decisions to legitimise those decisions in the eyes of all parents,” Duma said, adding that African languages were still not given the same status as English and Afrikaans.
“I actually would not blame a parent who thinks that these languages will not put bread on the table and allow their children to compete as equals in South African society.

"From a different perspective, they may be right because there is hardly anything in our society that has transformed – not our education or economy, and you cannot separate the two as they feed into each other,” Duma said.

Aretha Linden said she would like her children to be taught in isiXhosa, but, sadly, society was not so “welcoming” of non-English speaking people.

The standards set by society makes it hard for non-speaking English people to “make it”.

Scish Mtwesi said it was fruitless to learn an indigenous language because children might work in an environment where not a single person understood isiXhosa.

The Dumas lodged their court case at a time when a policy was being reviewed to introduce indigenous languages in schools.

Since then, Eastern Cape education authorities introduced isiXhosa and Sesotho as additional first languages in 372 former Model C schools across 22 districts.

Since 2012, Eastern Cape education department language policy manager Naledi Mbudeshale has spearheaded the project.

At the time, Mbudeshale noticed that former Model C schools’ governing bodies entrenched English as the language of instruction, learning and teaching, and relegated Afrikaans and isiXhosa to additional first languages.

The department provided schools there with a parallel option for a pupil to choose between the two, while English was treated as a home language.

Eastern Cape education spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said that, after a successful pilot project, a decision was made to implement the changes.


It is very important to understand why parents are kicking. The future of their children in a society that is completely sold out to error is a call for concern.

It simply shows that the problem lies with those in the seat of government as well as those who are formulating our educational curriculum.

The begging question is this: How far can this trend take Africa in promoting her potentials for economic and human capital development?

This is the South African report. What is it like in your own country. Please share with us as we walk together to regain our lost heritage as a continent.


What should be done to protect and promote African languages in the education system? 

Related: African Teachers need Collaboration

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