It is primarily by interaction through language that knowledge, skills, attitudes and values of groups and individuals within an institution are developed. The importance of language in the educational process can thus scarcely be over-emphasized. This language policy has been drafted in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996; the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996 (‘SASA’); the National Education Policy Act, Act 27 of 1996; applicable provincial legislation on school education; judgments of the South African courts; the International Convention on the Rights of the Child; the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children; the Norms and Standards for Language Policy in Public School, 1997 (GN 1701 dated 19 December 1997) and the guidelines of the Pan South African Language Board.
2. FACTORS CONSIDERED
In drafting this policy, the following factors have been considered.
- The interests of the learners
- The interests of the school community
- The interests of the community in which the school is located
- The capacity of the school
- The resources and staff available to the school
- International best practice with regard to class sizes and language in education, with specific reference to the importance of mother tongue education.
3. LANGUAGE OF LEARNING AND TEACHING IN THE SCHOOL
While COLLEGIATE GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL is an institution in which the medium of instruction and language of office is English, it nevertheless enrolls learners and appoints teachers with divergent.