Multicultural education has failed due to many pitfalls
THE SECOND last paragraph in an editorial titled (“Ugly truth in advert”, The Star, October 10) caught my attention.
The writer stated that “Black South Africans have bigger challenges. Their children receive inferior education and aren’t taught in their mother tongue”. I beg to differ on the generalisation of “inferior education”. Thousands of black children now attend former Model C schools, as well as private institutions, where, in most cases, they receive an excellent education for a variety of reasons – good teachers, good facilities, good administration etc.
Unfortunately, in a number of public schools, good education is being eroded. The rural schools are the ones where “inferior education” is prevalent. It has nothing to do with “whiteness” or apartheid.
The second comment is more serious where the writer states “… and aren’t taught in their mother tongues”. There should be specific schools catering for specific language groups where pupils are not only educated in their mother tongue, but where their specific cultures, ideologies, history can be taught, so as to maintain their specific identity and ethnicity. Multicultural education is not working as there are too many pitfalls and cultural differences.
I strongly support The Star in fighting for mother tongue instruction. John Whitlock Germiston