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Africans deserve to hear their stories
Africans deserve to hear their stories
At the Franschhoek Literary Festival a few months ago, I was sorely challenged on the foundation of the English curriculum taught in South African...
On the power of language
On the power of language
‘Language exerts hidden power.” What exactly did US writer Rita Mae Brown have in mind when she uttered these words? We may never know but...
When love conquers
When love conquers
Rusty Bell is a beautiful story about love. It’s a story about a very successful and powerful lawyer, Michael aka Sir Marvin —...
Slice of Life: Determination is my language
Slice of Life: Determination is my language
Our education system in Mozambique only allows us to learn basic English. So when I started working at my current job, I found myself in very...
Teaching in the mother tongue
Teaching in the mother tongue
The Eastern Cape education department has pioneered the implementation of Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education (MTBBE) and wants other provinces...
English only at varsity is not a remedy
English only at varsity is not a remedy
Much has been written about last year’s ground shift in higher education. Universities responded to calls to reconsider the extent to which...
​Universities must make a strategic language compromise to suit the student profile
​Universities must make a strategic language compromise to suit the student profile
Nearly 30 years ago, Njabulo Ndebele delivered a rather farsighted paper titled Good Morning South Africa: Whose Universities, Whose Standards? In it...
Diversity, not division, in lecture halls
Diversity, not division, in lecture halls
In efforts to contain institutional conflict at the University of Pretoria (UP) stemming from the campaigns #AfrikaansMustFall and #AfrikaansSalBly,...
Parents take school to court over forced English tuition
Parents take school to court over forced English tuition
A group of concerned parents at a Northern Cape school have taken Vela Langa Primary School in Pabalelo to court for forcing its...
Thousands march over alleged racism at Heidelberg school
Thousands march over alleged racism at Heidelberg school
In a march that disrupted learning in Ratanda schools on Monday, local leaders of the ANC and its alliance partners took turns accusing the...
English is, literally, going to pot
English is, literally, going to pot
It is literally the biggest semantics story of the week: the informal use of the word “literally” – a term used for emphasis when...

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