Stellies to push ahead with new language policy

By Drum Digital
20 May 2016

Afriforum Youth has withdrawn its court application for Stellenbosch University to halt the revision of its language policy, the institution said on Thursday.

The university could now continue revising the policy and the council’s language committee could continue its work, university spokesperson Susan van der Merwe said in a statement.

“In accordance with the negotiated order, legal costs will be held over… and the university will apply the existing language specifications until the current language policy and language plan have either been amended or replaced.”

In 2015, the university announced that all learning at the institution would soon be in English as it was the common language in the country.

In a statement at the time, the rector's management team on language policy said “substantial academic support” would be provided in other South African languages, according to students' needs.

Afriforum Youth said the proposal disregarded almost half the Western Cape's residents, who were Afrikaans speaking.

In March, the organisation filed an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court and claimed that Afrikaans students had been disadvantaged in some faculties as lectures were in English.

Source: News24

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