An opinion piece in this week’s Mail and Guardian by ReSEP researchers, Stephen Taylor and Marisa Coetzee, provides some evidence regarding the ongoing debate about language of instruction in South African schools. Their analysis suggests that the current policy is on the right track. They state:
“Given the practical realities of the South African education system, the policy to encourage the use of mother-tongue instruction in the foundation phase but still allow schools to make the final choice based on their specific circumstances, seems to be beneficial.”
The piece is based on a working paper, titled “Estimating the impact of language of instruction in South African primary schools: A fixed effects approach.” The opinion piece should be available online by Monday.