South Africans of all races prefer mother tongue education research of Ipsos-Markinor shows

Adv Anton Alberts

More than two-thirds of South Africans of all races are of the opinion that children have the right to mother tongue education it appears from an opinion poll that the research institution, Ipsos-Markinor has just released.

Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on higher and basic education, says the opinion poll supports that which the FF Plus has consistently said about the importance of children being educated in their mother tongues on a higher and basic education level.

He said it is clear that the government is moving in the wrong direction by moving away from that which the majority of South Africans want.

The statement of Ipsos-Markinor about this reads as follows:

“More than two-thirds of all South Africans are of the opinion that their children have the right to be educated in their own language. There is agreement about this from across all the language groups in the country.

“The demand for this is the strongest amongst English and Afrikaans speakers, with other African languages following shortly behind.”

According to Adv. Anton Alberts, the call of members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on higher education and the institutional student council of Nehawu is therefore wrong when they insisted that education at the Northwest University should only take place in English and that Afrikaans should be interpreted in all classes.

This is contrary to the internationally recognised right of mother tongue education on all levels and it is also contrary to what parents and learners in South Africa want.

The answer lies with the creation of more schools, universities and other higher education institutions which could offer learners education in their mother tongues,” Adv. Alberts says.


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