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(From Financial Mail)
LANGUAGE Mother-tongue battle Language policy is a sticky issue in SA schools Ever since the student uprising in Soweto in 1976 against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, language policy has been a hot political issue. SA, with 11 official languages, has more official languages than any other country. But government has a fine line to walk - protecting language rights while ensuring they are not used as a tool of exclusion.
Should Afrikaans-only schools be allowed to maintain that policy? The court ruling in favour of Mikro, an Afrikaans-medium primary school in the Western Cape, points to a belief in language as "a critical factor …