1 a (usually limited) period of time. 2 a division of a school or university year. 3 a word or expression.
- Pharos English Dictionary for South African Schools
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- Pharos English for all
South African English has developed its own term for the children passing through our schools. In the apartheid years, white schools used the term 'pupils', while the other schools often referred to their charges as 'students'. After the transition to democracy, a common term was coined, namely learners. This is the official term used in the SA Schools Act, where a learner is defined as 'any person receiving education or obliged to receive education'. Although the term 'learners' is increasingly used in newspapers, the term 'pupil' is still current, except in legal documents or educationspeak. The continued use of the term 'pupil' is partly a hangover from the past, but it is also due to the fact that there are those who don’t like the term 'learner'. Some cynically maintain that it is a misnomer for many pupils, while others believe that the term should not be reserved for those of school-going age as there are many people who are not at school but who are lifelong learners.
- Pharos Say again? The other side of South African English
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