Language policy investigation part of cum laude graduate’s thesis
Mr Zamani Msomi graduated with an MA cum laude degree with research centred on an investigation into the language policy in schools in the Mafukuzela Gandhi district.
The aim of Msomi’s study was to find out if the schools had their own language policy.
The study established that language policies did not exist within the circuit and that parents prefer their children to be taught in English rather than in their mother-tongue.
Msomi hopes his study will contribute to knowledge production and in turn allow indigenous languages to flourish and play a part in the education system.
He said he was grateful for the support he got from his family, friends and his supervisor College Dean for Teaching and Learning, Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa.
‘I’d like to thank Professor Hlongwa for her assistance and guidance during my research process. Without her, this would not have been possible.’
He advised students to listen to their supervisors, to be dedicated and to persevere, especially when the going got tough.
Msomi is currently registered to do his PhD within the School of Arts.