Dearth of San language teachers in Omaheke deprives learners of mother tongue teaching

Dearth of San language teachers in Omaheke deprives learners of mother tongue teaching
Photo credits: 
Nampa

A shortage of San language teachers in Omaheke Region has deprived thousands of San learners of the opportunity to be taught in their mother tongue.
The revised curriculum calls for learners at the lower primary level to be taught in their mother tongue, allowing them to easily grasp concepts.
Thousands of San learners are enrolled in schools across the region but the education directorate has been struggling to employ San language teachers for the past five years.
The San language offered in schools, as per the curriculum, is Ju|'hoansi.
Education director Peka Semba told Nampa that his attempts to attract indigenous home language San speakers have proved futile.
He said the directorate had approached various candidates and institutions countrywide for help, especially at Tsumkwe, where San home language education has taken off, but returned empty-handed.
The situation forced many San learners to take other languages - predominately Otjiherero, Khoekhoegowab and SeTswana as media of instruction during the lower primary phase.
There are about 4 200 San learners in Omaheke schools.