KZN SADTU SAYS NO TO MANDARIN
By: Tankiso Moshoeshoe
The KwaZulu-Natal South African Democratic Teachers Union announced that they will not allow the introduction of the new language, Mandarin, to be taught in schools.
SADTU announced at the media briefing issued out on the 14th of September 2015.
Earlier this year, the SA government proposed that an introduction of a new Chineselanguage must be taught in schools.
This has however been a very controversial issue as SADTU feels that the government is privatising education and ignoring the crisis of lack of job opportunities amongst teachers in
The statement read by SADTU Secretary, Nomarashiya Caluza, said that the teaching of indigenous languages would absorb some of these unemployed teachers.
“The public must not forget that the country has thousands of qualified teachers who have studied through Fundza Lushaka and others were paying for themselves who are jobless yet
the department has the guts to open a market for the Chinese teachers,” added Caluza.
Vuyo Mafogana (16), a grade 10 learner at Pinetown Boys High School, said that it is unfair that the government wants to introduce Chinese languages into schools- when they do not
even know SA’s five of the 11 official languages.
“I really feel like we are supposed to be taught more on our own native languages than focussing on a language that we don’t even know how it will ever benefit us in the near
future,” added Mafogana.
The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) has adopted a programme of province holding seminars throughout the province to talk about the privatisation and commercialisation of
education and also explain why the union says no to Mandarin.
This move was informed by the fact that there is a need to go back to the basics and the basics mean that SADTU must be a union that runs campaigns.