In 2015 the Department of Basic Education introduced a pilot project, in public schools, on the Incremental Implementation of African Languages (IIAL) at Grade 1 level.
The Department has now determined that IIAL must be implemented in all public and independent schools that follow the National Curriculum Statement. The process will start with Grade 1 in 2016.
From 2016 all schools following the National Curriculum Statement must offer three official languages from Grade 1, one of which must be a “previously marginalised indigenous African language”.
ISASA has produced a short memorandum that outlines the implications of the new policy for independent schools.