Three hundred SA teachers have qualified for a teacher’s training program after they failed a Grade 3 English Language test. As gathered, the English proficiency of the SA primary school teachers tested in the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal is equivalent to that of a Grade 3 learner. Surprisingly, the Basic Education Department remarked that the discovery isn’t surprising. According to the department, English is not the indigenous language of many SA teachers.
Speaking for the Basic Education Department, Elijah Mahlangu asserted that the department is aware English Language is a nightmare for some SA teachers. Referring to the findings of the Zenex Foundation which conducted the English Language test, Mahlangu said: It’s nothing new really, because similar research has been done.”
He nonetheless, pointed out that Zenex Foundation findings will help the Education department plan and project how to better empower the teachers to effectively carry-out their functions. “They have gone into greater detail to see exactly what it is in the English language that is giving the teachers a problem,” Mahlangu stated. The Zenex Foundation is an independent Trust established in 1995 to undertake the delivery of programmes and projects in Mathematics, Science and Language education in South Africa.
The essence is to improve the quality of learning and teaching, and to positively contribute to the education sector through research and programmatic activities. Meanwhile, South Africa have been having issues about the language of instruction in schools. For instance, AfriForum today demanded of Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to stop targeting Afrikaans-medium schools. Responding, Lesufi reportedly said: “if there is a school that wants to use Afrikaans as a mother-tongue, under my leadership, they have the right, they are entitled, I will defend them.
There will be no school that will be undermined purely because it is teaching Afrikaans. But if you want only Afrikaans in your own school, alone, that’s where we differ.