The Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, today released the proposed school oath which is meant to be recited every morning by school children across South Africa. Personally I think this is a good idea and it has been long overdue. The oath the minister read out today is now open for public comment. People could comment about the content, suitability and the language the oath is in.
It will be interesting to see how people from across the country react to this oath. But the minister is expecting not much resistance from anyone. But as we all know, not everything goes as smoothly as thought.
The pledge reads as follows:
“We the youth of South Africa, recognising the injustices of our past, honour those who suffered and sacrificed for justice and freedom.”
“We will respect and protect the dignity of each person, and stand up for justice.”
“We sincerely declare that we shall uphold the rights and values of our Constitution and promise to act in accordance with the duties and responsibilities that flow from these rights.”
What do you think about this oath?