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Parents of English-speaking Namakwa pupils take their fight to ...


Parents of English-speaking Namakwa pupils take their fight to the top

All 74 public schools in the district are Afrikaans-medium, forcing worried parents to approach education minister


Sean Baker sits with his son Juan-Jacques until the early hours of the morning, explaining in English topics in textbooks for five subjects that are in Afrikaans.

The 14-year-old and his classmate Yolanda Makhambi, the only two English-speaking pupils in Grade 8 at Hoërskool Namakwaland at Springbok in the Northern Cape, are battling to learn because they are taught in Afrikaans.

Makhambi is the daughter of Brenda Matebe, who has been campaigning tirelessly over the past few years for English classes to be introduced at schools in the Namakwa district...

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