Earlier this week while delivering her Department’s budget speech, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga said that the Council of Education Ministers have agreed to introduce Kiswahili as a subject in South African schools.
According to SA News, Motshekga said that a few schools, mainly in Gauteng, have been identified to pilot the language offering this year, with the aim of fully implementing it in 2020.
“I am delighted to announce that the Council of Education Ministers overwhelmingly agreed to incrementally introduce Kiswahili in our schools. There is a high level of enthusiasm about this,” said Motshekga.
“Kenya and Tanzania have committed to assist with the training of educators and the development of appropriate learning and teaching support materials in Kiswahili,” she adds.
SA News reports that the Minister touched on other subject issues, such as her Department’s needing to address compulsory two-year Early Childhood Development (ECD) before Grade 1. She added that improving the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy especially with regards to reading with meaning is a number one priority for her Department.
“In order to achieve that goal we need to urgently proceed with the implementation of the two-years of EDC before Grade 1 and the systematic relocation of the responsibility for ECD from the Department of Social Development to the Department of Basic Education,” concluded Motshekga.