[lg policy] South Africa: Language, Knowledge and the Stellenbosch Dilemma

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Apr 23 15:07:33 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
HILL.*

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
<http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-04-21-op-ed-language-knowledge-and-the-stellenbosch-dilemma/>
on the Daily Maverick website.*




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