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South African teachers switch languages in class: why policy should follow

Parent 24 articleTeaching in a child's mother tongue is a challenge in a country such as South Africa with 11 official languages. However, research has proved many times that pupils learn best in their mother tongues.

In a recent article by Prof. Kretzer from the University of Rhodes he indicated that South Africa should adopt a much more flexible and open teaching and language policy to help teachers and pupils to enable a meaningful learning environment in a multilingual and diverse classroom setting.

Translanguaging should be embraced and supported as a teaching and learning technique.

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