AfriForum to Oppose BELA Bill and Targeting of Afrikaans Schools – POLITICS

ANC and Minister Motshekga demand the destruction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction

AfriForum will oppose education bill and targeting of Afrikaans schools

September 8, 2022

In response to comments by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in the National Assembly yesterday, AfriForum reiterated that the organization will do its utmost to uphold the right of school governing bodies to decide, among other things, school admissions and language policy. This is also the case in the organization’s extensive comments on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill (BELA) submitted in June 2022 and highlighted in communication with the Minister.

According to Alana Bailey, Head of Cultural Affairs at AfriForum, with Motshekga’s statements that the rights of governing bodies as protected in current education legislation are obsolete, Motshekga has once again proven that the so-called BELA bill does not focus on promoting quality education. , but on the destruction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction and on a greater centralization of power in the hands of the state.

“Parallel or dual-media teaching in schools inevitably leads to monolingual teaching in the stronger language, which in the case of South Africa will be English. This has been repeatedly proven locally and internationally but is covered up by the department. It is the right of children to have access to education in the mother tongue. Over the past few decades, little has been done beyond lip service to make this right possible for more South African children in all indigenous languages ​​- on the contrary, Afrikaans schools are under constant pressure to anglicize. The Minister makes it a question of race and, for convenience, ignores in her ideological battle the fact that Afrikaans speakers belong to all races. A choice for Afrikaans education is not a choice to favor a particular race,” says Bailey.

AfriForum’s comments on the BELA Bill clearly show that the current legislation is aligned with the Constitution, unlike the proposed new provisions. “If these amendments are implemented, it will be an irreparable, unilateral and permanent breach by the ANC government of the 1994 Constitutional Settlement,” Bailey added.

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