Stellenbosch University council member quits as language policy is adopted

2016-06-23 08:53
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Cape Town – A Stellenbosch University (SU) council member resigned after the institution adopted a new language policy intended to support multilingualism, it said on Wednesday.

"It is unfortunate that some members of council left the meeting forthwith after the language policy was adopted, although several other agenda points of broad institutional importance were being tabled," SU council chair George Steyn said in a statement.

"During the meeting, I also regrettably received Jannie van der Westhuizen's resignation with immediate effect. It is a pity, because as a council, we do appreciate diverse opinions, but we respect majority decisions."

Steyn said the revised language policy reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to speakers of Afrikaans, English, and isiXhosa, the three official languages of the Western Cape. 

The institution said its language policy was intended to ensure no student or staff member was excluded from its activities.

The policy committed it to engage with knowledge in a diverse society. 

"It gives effect to the Constitution of South Africa in relation to language usage in the academic, administrative, professional and social contexts of the university, and also advances the institution’s own vision of being inclusive, innovative and future-focused," Steyn said.

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