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26 November 2019

South African parents actually prefer their children to be taught in English

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC’s Dr Alude Mahali and Jaqueline Harvey are interviewed on SAfm Radio

Guest: Jaqueline Harvey – Researcher, Human Sciences Research Council
Guest: Dr Alude Mahali -HSRC and Co-author of the book Studying While Black (which looks at, among others, the issue of language in higher
education) and who recently organised a symposium looking at language in higher education
Guest: Hendrick Makaneta – Education expert (In Studio)

English is only one of 11 official languages spoken in South Africa.
It’s currently the preferred language of education and is used in many
of the nation’s schools. But most children entering the education system
 are not native English speakers and many are still in the process of
learning English by the time they arrive at schools. Is teaching our
children in English making them lose touch with their mother tongue?

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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