Outside of the urgent need to elevate Afrikan languages from the position (relegated by colonialism and post colonialism) of secondary, useless or primitive in an effort to instill a sense of pride in our us-ness, it is also important that all tertiary institutions on the continent do this too because ensuring that everyone is able to communicate effectively and comfortably is important to the development of Afrikan countries. I fully support this move by the University of KwaZulu Natal and other South Afrikan Universities.
Given South Africa’s stated commitment to multilingualism, you might not think that a requirement from one of the country’s universities that its students learn an indigenous African language would raise much alarm. Yet alarm has nonetheless been the reaction from a few unexpected quarters to the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s announcement that all first-year students enrolled from next near onwards will be required to develop “some level” of isiZulu proficiency by the time they graduate.
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