Language of Education in South Africa
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2007 Conference, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. The language of education is a debated policy and management issue in the current discourse on education in South Africa. Central to this debate is the problem of learner competence in the use of English as the principal medium of instruction, as well as the quality of teaching and learning achievable The current national policy treats the issue of language medium with great circumspection. Section 29 of the National Constitution (Act 108 of 1996) provides for one’s right to receive education in one’s chosen language. But the education-specific policy on language lays emphasis on teaching, use and promotion of all official languages, through what is described as additive multi-lingualism.