Deaf learners in Grade 12 will for the first time in 2018 be able to matriculate with sign language as a home language.

The Council for Quality Assurance Umalusi says sign language has been officially recognised as a home language in the South African education system.

Umalusi released a report on Friday in Johannesburg of its research study on the inclusion of sign language in the curriculum as one of the examinable subjects for the National Senior Certificate.

“Grade 12 learners will matriculate with South African Sign Language (Sasl) as home language this year, it is an achievement. This study was conducted in the Gauteng province; seven schools were visited, only high schools, excluding the primary schools,” says Umalusi’s Stephan Mchunu.