n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - "Is dit ons erns?" Taalregtekwessies in die onderwys is ondergeskik aan periferale taalkwessies

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Although the Constitution aims to balance on the one hand the insistence of speakers of Afrikaans for mother-tongue education, and on the other hand the demand for entrance of learners in the language of their choice (read: English), the government's approach appears to favour the right to free entrance. In spite of the seriousness of the conflict, speakers of Afrikaans, as was the case in 1905 when Hofmeyr held his famous speech "How serious are we?", display an apathy on matters of linguistic rights concerning education, and are more interested in peripheral linguistic matters. This claim is substantiated by an analysis of reporting in the print media in 2002 and 2003.

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