Embracing the use of African languages as additional languages of teaching and learning in KwaZulu-Natal schools

  • Phephani Gumbi
  • Nobuhle Ndimande-Hlongwa


This article posits that the implementation of language policy in South Africa and particularly in the KwaZulu- Natal Department of Education remains a challenge, notwithstanding existing attempts by policies to promote multilingualism and guard against the use of language to perpetuate inequalities which were entrenched by the past history of the country. In this article it is argued that the use of foreign languages as the only languages of teaching and learning in KwaZulu-Natal schools impedes access to the curriculum by African learners who are neither English nor Afrikaans. The article challenges the mission of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in that the Department cannot champion transformation successfully if African languages are left behind as languages of teaching and learning. The article poses recommendations as to how the apparent linguistic imperialism, which is a human rights violation, can be turned around to linguistic diversity that is based on linguistic justice.


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eISSN: 2305-1159
print ISSN: 0257-2117