Language Policy Documentary on ANN7
The debate around the language policy in education continues. ANN7 interviewed the chairman, Mr Ravi Lachman of our School Governing Body (SGB). Hear how Uitsig Primary School is being a pioneer in it's approach to African Languages in the Centurion Region.
Uitsig Primary School aims to help pupils identify their talents in a caring, innovative and stimulating environment. Children receive a holistic education, incorporating both academic and extramural activities.
The school offers superb and modern facilities including a media centre, computer lab, centres for art and physical science and classrooms equipped with the latest teaching aids. The school now also offers 2 African Languages as FAL from grade 1 – 4.
The combination of strong academics, excellent competitive sport and a diverse and vibrant cultural programme lays the foundation for a balanced education and provides opportunities for a wide variety of pupils with differing talents.
Pupils are also encouraged to participate in community service projects. Uitsig is committed to playing it’s role in building a democratic, non-discriminatory SA.
Uitsig Primary School will he having a CULTURAL CONCERT. All our learners are invited to participate in this concert. The aim of the concert is to show off our diverse cultures and to promote the African Languages at our school. Our school is one of the first in the area to introduce African Languages into the school as a second language.
A 2009 survey conducted by a Uitsig Primary School on the implementation of Indigenous languages at Primary School level has culminated in the milestone launch of the first designated African languages classroom at a Government school in Centurion.
The first official iSizulu and Setswana classes were started by Uitsig Primary School Governing Body in January 2013. The languages were initially offered as extra-curricular disciplines however, with learner interest and growth in enrolments, it was concluded that they would form part of the main school curricular i.e. fully examinable subjects.