Western Cape varsity in quota battle

2013-03-11 11:35
Stellenbosch University. (Photo: Stellenbosch University)

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Cape Town - Former students of the University of Stellenbosch are to debate a contentious new policy next month on admissions to campus residences, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that 104 people had submitted their signatures to the university in protest over the policy, saying it "amounts to quotas based on race and/or language".

The university had also received a submission in favour of the proposal from 112 members of convocation.

Those in favour said the early draft of the new policy and subsequent versions, were not only "constitutionally sound but also a positive step to widen access to a resource that has proven to increase academic performance".

According to the report, the 24-page draft recommended that in mixed residences, the racial breakdown should be "35% brown, 20% black, 40% white, 5% Indian".

It also gave a language breakdown as 45% Afrikaans, 40% English and 15% other.

A new version of the policy simply said five factors would be taken into account: citizen or international student, language preference, ethnicity, whether or not a student's parents had studied there, and economic circumstances.

The university's website said the meeting would take place on 11 April.
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