Hearing over Maties language policy revision set down for next month

2016-04-15 15:26


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Cape Town – The application by AfriForum Youth to oppose the revision of Stellenbosch University’s language policy will be heard next month.

By agreement between the parties on Friday, a hearing was set down in the Western Cape High Court for May 19.

AfriForum Youth is opposed to the university revising its current language policy.

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

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

When the announcement was made, AfriForum Youth said the proposal disregarded almost half of the Western Cape's residents, who were Afrikaans speaking.

The rector’s management team agreed on February 9 that the formal policy revision process should start.

Comments on the first draft of the proposed new language policy would close in a week.

The court hearing set down for next month was just days before a final draft of the policy was scheduled to be submitted to the Institutional Forum for comment.

AfriForum Youth’s national co-ordinator Morne Mostert said outside court on Friday that they were happy a hearing date had been set. But he said time was of the essence, given the timeline of the revision process.

"There is a sense of the university side not complying with the court. We don’t want to give the university space to extend the date further."

According to a timeline, the final draft would be submitted to the senate for agreement on June 3 and to council for approval on June 22.

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