The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) demands that Afrikaans be deleted as an option to complete any examination paper.
“We demand answers from the department of basic education, led by an old, decrepit minister, as to why assignments and maths matric papers still have the option of being written in English,” the student organization’s national task team said in a statement. “We believe this is an absolute insult to indigenous children who always carry the burden of having to translate every question or answer into their mother tongue before they can attempt to answer any question.”
Cosas demands that Afrikaans be deleted immediately as an option to complete any paper.
“We give the department of basic education 10 days to respond to our demand, otherwise we will act accordingly.”
The organization said it was of the opinion that language policy in schools still plays a critical role in inequality in schools. “Those who have previously benefited from the oppressive apartheid education system still benefit, even after democracy.”