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South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996)

Chapter 2 : Learners

6. Language policy of public schools



1) Subject to the Constitution and this Act, the Minister may, by notice in the Government Gazette, after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers, determine norms and standards for language policy in public schools.


2) The governing body of a public school may determine the language policy of the school subject to the Constitution, this Act and any applicable provincial law.


3) No form of racial discrimination may be practiced in implementing policy determined under this section.


4) A recognised Sign Language has the status of an official language for purposes of learning at a public school.