The International Year of Indigenous Languages serves as a good impetus to start implementing policies that prioritises Africa’s own languages.
Africa’s current situation has a parallel in European history - the Reformation and the changes it wrought in terms of language exceptionalism.
Africa needs a new strategy for mother-tongue based bilingual education, from primary through to tertiary level.
It is important that all South Africans learn to speak an African language. But is making a single language a compulsory university subject the best way to make this happen?