statement by Media and Marketing Director

In these times of transformation, special care has to be taken by the national education department to communicate policy effectively and efficiently, and by the provincial departments to implement it accordingly. In this way, much frustration and unnecessary incidents can be prevented.

In our schools, policies should be implemented in the best interest of existing pupils and school communities, but also towards potential pupils who sometimes have few options as to available schools.

Language policy in itself is an extremely sensitive issue with implications towards nation-building and the accommodation of diverse communities in our nation. Although the national language policy in our schools seems reasonable and pragmatic, care has to be taken when implementing it, especially by our provincial education departments, in order to respect both the letter and the spirit of the policy. This has been lacking when dealing, for example, with the situation in Rob Ferreira School in Witrivier.