Daily Maverick General Politics

The limits of our language

The ministry of basic education in South Africa is considering scrapping the examination of grammar in a separate examination paper for Grades 10 to 12, alongside reductions in the amount of time and attention devoted to teaching grammar. Following through on these intentions would be a mistake, because what we able to conceive of is related to what we are able to express. In a country where we are in dire need of a critical citizenry, able to express their concerns in compelling and persuasive ways, the last thing we should be doing is limiting the ability of scholars to develop these skills.