Dr Brian Ramadiro, Deputy Director of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development at the University of Fort Hare, moderated the session. The three speakers Prof. Leketi Makalela (Wits University and technical advisor to the DBE), Dr Mark Chetty (Director of National Assessments, DBE) and Dr Naledi Mbude (Deputy Director General for Transformation Programmes, DBE) have all contributed to the DBE’s strategic planning for the incremental rolling out of mother tongue-based bilingual education (MTbBE) nationwide from  2025, and each presented on their area of specialisation. From next year, the current de facto language policy of all African-language speaking learners transitioning to English or Afrikaans as the language of learning and teaching in Grade 4 will be phased out, and MTbBE will be implemented in schools in all nine provinces. Read the full report here: Tuesdays in the Trenches: Mother Tongue Power  


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