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Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Apr 23 15:02:37 UTC 2016

South Africa: Language, Knowledge and the Stellenbosch Dilemma

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*On Tuesday 22 March, Stellenbosch University released a new draft language
policy, with a call for comments that will feed into developing the final
draft. This article serves both as a submission to this process and a more
general reflection on the Stellenbosch taaldebat or language debate,
analysed against the backdrop of the language-related conflict that has
broken out in recent months on numerous South African campuses. By LLOYD

Language policy and practice at Stellenbosch University have been the
subject of heated disputes for years, but the national student protests
that began in 2015 have brought the matter to a head. Consequently,
Stellenbosch University finds itself under contrasting pressure to either
maintain/implement the current policy - which was adopted in December 2014
and gives English and Afrikaans equal status as undergraduate mediums of
instruction - or to replace it with a new policy.

The pressure to maintain and implement the current policy comes in the main
from Convocation, the Afrikaans press and various Afrikaans interest groups
- notably Afriforum and a new initiative called "Gelyke Kanse" (equal
opportunities). Pressure for change comes most notably from the Senate,
Student Representative Council, Open Stellenbosch, a new collective known
as the "Language...
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*Read the full story
on the Daily Maverick website.*

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