Durban – African languages must be developed and integrated into universities’ formal programmes to enhance their status and reinforce their use, the Department of Higher Education has said.
African language experts support the department and have pointed a finger at white South Africans for not making an effort to learn indigenous languages.
The White Paper for Post-School Education and Training, launched by Minister Blade Nzimande last week, emphasised the need for universities to continue the Department of Basic Education’s language policy of ensuring that African children are eventually taught in their own languages.
It said the demise of African languages in academia posed a threat to linguistic diversity, and that many African language departments had been closed due to resource cuts and diminishing student numbers. More.