In this open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, teacher educators, academics and practitioners in education, literacy, African language development and related fields, voice their concerns regarding the limited role African language speakers have played (and continue to play) in education and language reform in South Africa. The letter draws attention to the fact that the department of education has surrounded itself with researchers who have positioned themselves as experts in literacy and African language development; whilst many of them do not speak, read and write African languages. Black researchers, academics and practitioners, on the contrary, are only included as “props or translators rather than the core team that does the work of setting the research agenda”.
Find out why they are calling for change. Read the entire letter now.