Isibaya actress Ayanda Borotho has stepped on toes with sore corns and touched a topic that the black South Africans have been quiet about.
The actress often uses her platform for more profound chats, has yet again tapped into the minds of her followers and this time she is speaking about black learners who’re in multi-racial schools and forced to only take Afrikaans as an additional language despite the fact that it one of the least spoken languages in the country.
This comes after her child failed the term in school as a result of failing Afrikaans. Taking to her Instagram page the actress shared her frustrations stating that the language is of no benefit to her or her children.
“I feel trapped, I feel imposed on, I feel somewhat despondent and defeated because in this day and age in 2020 we are still having the conversation about Afrikaans being taught at schools.
“My children speak Sesotho and isiZulu properly … English they manage and in fact when it comes to the curriculum as a language they do well in it for people who have been fully exposed to the language [English] about a year ago. They get Cs and Bs.
“Yet, here’s a language which is the fourth language, you fail my children because they failed Afrikaans? And you fail them, having aced maths, having aced other subjects … you fail my children on the basis of failing Afrikaans as a second language?” Ayanda Borotho said in anger.
“If I say to you, test these boys in Sesotho, test them in isiZulu, they will ace that because that is their language. So, here’s what I want to know … why must I invest 12 years of my children’s school life in a language that is no benefit to them or me?”
The actress went on to say that Afrikaans will not give her children access to the global stage, nor will it open doors for them. She also asked the government to look into the teaching systems.
“Why is this language being imposed on us and our children? Why don’t we have options at schools?”
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I need some balancing please. I’m actually quite ticked off by this. It makes no sense. In essence you can ace Maths, fail Afrikaans and fail the term but if you fail Maths and ace Afrikaans, you pass through? What do we call that?????? You can’t fail children on the basis of not speaking YOUR language. It is systematic exclusion! @pansalb_za
I think those fighting for land grabs should also realise that the same people they are fighting for, are still oppressed as boundaries have been placed on how far they can use their indigenous languages. “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed,” Steve Biko.
Let’s hear your thoughts, should Africans still be imposed on Afrikaans in 2020?