UFS hopes for more racial unity

2016-03-16 06:00

THE University of the Free State’s SRC said on Monday (14/03) that a change to the institution’s language policy would inspire unity among students of different races.

In a statement issued on Friday (11/03), the university’s council said English would be the primary medium of instruction at undergraduate and postgraduate level on the three campuses situated in Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa.

The council also said multilingualism would be supported within other activities by an expanded tutorial system especially designed for first-year students.

The change in the language policy was undoubtedly a necessary one, said Lindokuhle Nthuli, president of the SRC.

“This is the kind of change we have been advocating.

“We have witnessed division and racial debacles under the parallel medium,” Ntuli said.

He said they had been calling for language policy to be changed.

“There has always been a substantial compromise made by the black majority. Black students are also proud of their African languages and would of course want to be taught in their respective mother tongues, but that would be impractical with the 11 official languages. The change inspires unity amongst the students of different races.”

Judge Ian van der Merwe, chairperson of the UFS council, said the change was a major step forward.

“I commend council for the constructive and positive manner in which the discussion took place,” said Van der Merwe.

This is the kind of change we have been advocating. – Lindokuhle Ntuli

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