SABC News - Pansalb roots for indegenous languages in schools:Saturday 12 September 2015

Pansalb roots for indegenous languages in schools

Saturday 12 September 2015 06:31

Konelo Lekhafola, Bloemfontein

Pansalb says it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure 8indegenous languages are preserved

Pansalb says it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure 8indegenous languages are preserved(SABC)

The new Chief Executive Officer of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB), Mpho Monareng, says the use of indigenous languages as a medium of instruction at schools and tertiary institutions is possible.

Monareng says there must be a willingness to implement such a plan. However, he has conceded that there may be a challenge around the availability of teachers. Monareng has been on a two-day visit in the Free State, the first since his appointment as the head of the language board about two months ago.

According to Monareng, the use of indigenous languages should be preserved, adding that it is everyone's responsibility. He further says multi-lingualism is a global trend and it should not be rejected.

The CEO says strategies need to be put in place, saying universities abroad have been making sure they bring more languages into the classroom. Further, Monareng says such is possible in South Africa as there is a political will.

Parents are urged to encourage their children, at young age, to love their languages in a bid to preserve indigenous languages.

Member of the Free State provincial language committee, Manthabiseng Mphatane, says her unit works as a watchdog, to ensure that languages used are preserved as well as articulated the way they should.

Monareng says the concept of languages dying is an eventuality, but as PanSALB they strive to ensure that languages have a long life.

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