Stellenbosch language policy 'in interest of students' rights'

2016-05-12 13:55
(Supplied by Stellenbosch University)

(Supplied by Stellenbosch University)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Stellenbosch University acted in the interests of all of its students' constitutional right to education by revising its language policy to accommodate students who did not speak Afrikaans, according to a report into the reasons for the change in the policy.

Netwerk24 reported on Thursday that Craig Howie, retired judge president of the Supreme Court of Appeal, had compiled a 24-page report into the language policy.

- See the full report below.

In November 2015, Stellenbosch University announced that all learning at the institution would be in English, as it was the common language in the country. It added that "substantial academic support" would be provided in other South African languages, according to students' needs.

Howie wrote that university management had been "motivated to maintain and preserve the function, reputation and welfare of the university without infringing on any students' constitutional rights".

Had it not taken such "anti-exclusionary decisions and action", the university would have been vulnerable to a constitutional challenge by students not proficient in Afrikaans.

However, the university had in the process opened itself up to legal action by Afrikaans students who wanted to be taught in their home language, Howie observed.

"It is no small irony that, having taken those steps, it felt vulnerable to the court challenges mounted by Afrikaans students but this only serves to highlight the wisdom of having instituted the current review process aimed at amendment of the policy and plan."

AfriForum Youth has opposed the revision of the policy, saying it disregarded almost half of the Western Cape's residents, who were Afrikaans speaking. The application will be heard in the Western Cape High Court on May 19.

- Read more: Hearing over Maties language policy revision set down for May 19

Read more on:    stellenbosch university  |  cape town  |  education  |  culture

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.