Lesufi: Afrikaans schools use language to create ‘enclaves’

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Lesufi: Afrikaans schools use language to create ‘enclaves’
2015-05-27 15:57

Sipho Masondo, City Press

Johannesburg - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has accused Afrikaans-medium schools of using language as a pretext for excluding other races from enrolling in their schools.

The real reason, said Lesufi addressing a media conference in Pretoria, was that they wanted to keep such schools as Afrikaans enclaves. As such, Lesufi said, he was prepared to go all the way to the Constitutional Court to force such schools to become dual-medium.

This comes on the back of a high court ruling yesterday that upheld that schools had the right to prepare and submit waiting lists, and that such lists may be informed by the schools’ internal admission and language policies.

The court action by the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) followed from a leaked document that revealed that the Gauteng education department was conducting a study of underutilised schools.

The study, said spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane, was aimed at taking stock of underutilised schools with the aim of enrolling pupils who couldn’t find spaces in schools of their choice.

The study also revealed that the department was also planning to force schools to reconfigure their admission policies so that they prioritised access to education, as opposed to their internal admission and language policies.

Fedsas had petitioned the courts to rule that in preparing the waiting lists, schools would take into account their admission and language policies. The body had also asked the courts to find that the department could not force schools to become dual-medium as it would violate language policies. The court still had to rule on the second issue.

Lesufi said he would abide by the ruling that schools had the right to take into account their admission and language policies when formulating their waiting lists. But he said he would go to the Constitutional Court, if necessary, to force single-medium schools that are predominantly Afrikaans to use two languages in order to accommodate other pupils.

“I believe the judge erred. No child should be denied access to education because of their language. No school shall exclude any learner based on their language. The right to education is one of the most fundamental rights and no one will use language to exclude any learner from school,” he said.

Fedsas, he said, was misleading the courts and the public.

“This case is not about language rights. Why is it so bad that our children can’t play together. Why are people so scared for a black child to play with an Afrikaans child. Those who don’t want to let go of their apartheid privileges must know that schools are government resources. Teachers belong to the government as well.

“What Fedsas is saying is that if you are Tswana, you should go to a Tswana school and if you are Xhosa, you should go to a Xhosa school,” said

Lesufi, adding that the department would not lose the battle against nonracialism.

He said he was prepared to petition Education Minister Angie Motshekga to change the South African Schools Act to ensure that single-medium school were forced to go dual.

Many single-medium schools, especially Afrikaans, were operating at half capacity but would not accept pupils who didn’t speak Afrikaans, he said.

This, he said, has forced many parents to look for schools in far-flung areas because schools, which are at times as close as a walking distance from them, would not take their children who don’t speak Afrikaans.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Lesufi-Afrikaans-schools-use-language-to-create-enclaves-20150527
 

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The schools right to not accept pupils if they dont speak Afrikaans.
 

Fulcrum29

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Uhm, the Afrikaans medium schools in Helderberg are pretty much racially diverse.
 

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Simple build more schools to cater for all first languages.

What's the issue?

O wait, They need that money to build more Nkandlas...
 

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Simple build more schools to cater for all first languages.

What's the issue?

O wait, They need that money to build more Nkandlas...
Personally in my opinion in any case where you need to cater for individual first languages, the teachers should be able to offer assistance in class and after class (and beyond school hours) in an additional Bantu language. Not only do it cover a greater scope, but it levels respect across the field. Schools should be easily accessible, learning wise.
 

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Such tos. I was in an Afrikaans only school and we had many black kids, and nobody was ever denied entry based on race.

These ministers are trying every trick in the book to make Afrikaners look guilty of something they're not.

Let me as you this: how would an Afrikaner white kid be accepted in a black only school? I'm sure it will not be as nice for us in their schools as it is for them in ours. But we don't ****ing clamor on about it.
 

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and what about african language only schools?

one solutions for this all just make ONE language and that English,one lang everyone understands,
 

grok

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At least they're not accepting goats for lucrative positions..
 

Mila

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Agh shampies, what about all the schools you closed in the last 5 years?
If you used some of the chicken coop money on education, you might not have something to moan about.

Keep on moaning while you are sucking the president it suits you.
 

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Uhm, the Afrikaans medium schools in Helderberg are pretty much racially diverse.
As are many other Afrikaans schools as well. These unnamed schools, for some reason, are fronting language to cover-up the racist undertones. This is not about Afrikaans at all.
 

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“This case is not about language rights. Why is it so bad that our children can’t play together. Why are people so scared for a black child to play with an Afrikaans child. Those who don’t want to let go of their apartheid privileges must know that schools are government resources. Teachers belong to the government as well.
Millions of black/coloured people speak Afrikaans from childhood. Please take your racist agenda and yourself and toss both off of the nearest bridge you can find you ugly creature.
 

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He is Mad I got because they lost the court case last week.

Boohoo. Sometimes our law and courts still work in favor of the people who are right and not the people crawled up the ANC 's butt hole.
 
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