South African Sign Language is now an official language in the country's education system
The South African Sign Language (SASL) has been recognized as a home language in the country's education system by the government.
Disability rights activists are happy with the decision. They say that this means deaf learners in South Africa will no longer feel like foreigners in their own land. They can now exercise their rights to be taught and assessed in their own language.
Activists say that by recognizing SASL as a home language, deaf culture is now a fundamental part of South African culture.
Government authorities say that this is a sign that the system has fully embraced deaf learners. It is also a statement that their language is valued and respected.