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Khoi, San and Nama languages now part of curriculum along with a Grade 9 certificate

Khoi, San and Nama languages now part of curriculum along with a Grade 9 certificate

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that several languages will be added as additional subjects to the South African school curriculum during a Budget Vote debate in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in June.

SEVERAL LANGUAGES TO BE ADDED

Motshekga said Khoi, Nama, San and sign languages would be the languages introduced and added that Swahili would already have been taught in South African schools had it not been for the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We increased the number of languages in the sector. We have added additional languages to our list of subjects; they are Khoi, Nama, San as well as African sign languages.

“Had it not been for the disruptions of Covid-19, the introduction of Swahili in our schools would have started. We are still pursuing it and Tanzania and Kenya are willing to assist us to finalise plans to introduce the language in South African schools,” said the education minister.

The certificate is being piloted in 268 schools across the country and in 2023 it will be expanded to all districts.

According to BusinessTech, the GEC is meant to recognise learners’ achievements at the end of the General Education & Training phase (Grades R to 9), which is compulsory.

Under the current system, many students leave school without qualifications and struggle to find employment, according to the department.

The education department stressed that the GEC is not meant as an exit point for learners. The primary purpose of the certificate is to help learners make better subject choices, especially those who choose to learn technical subjects and trades instead of opting for a college or university education.


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