Teachers want inclusion in African literacy development

Concerned black teachers have written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

JOHANNESBURG - Concerned black teachers have written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The letter highlights issues about research and resources in literacy and the development of African languages.

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The teachers are worried about the limited role African language speakers play in education and language reform in South Africa.

The presidency hasn't responded to the letter.

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UCT lecturer, Xolisa Guzula said the underlying power dynamics of language development have skewed towards white people controlling how language is taught and learned. 

Guzula emphasised the importance of multi-language education saying the way to unity is through multilingualism.

The group is asking for more inclusion in language development including assessments, curriculum development, and strategising for the research agenda.

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