South Africa: Another school loses bid to stay Afrikaans

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sat Oct 27 15:54:27 UTC 2007

Another school loses bid to stay Afrikaans      Zelda Venter
    October 26 2007 at 08:44AM

Last week Hoerskool Ermelo lost its bid to remain an Afrikaans-only school,
and Thursday Laerskool Doornfontein followed the same route. This school is
situated in the Waterberg, about 20km from Modimolle (Nylstroom). The result
of Thursday's Pretoria high court ruling is that Laerskool Doornfontein,
after being an Afrikaans-only school for the past 114 years, will now also
have to become a parallel medium school and cater for pupils in English.

Two more schools - Hoerskool FH Odendaal in Pretoria and Laerskool Hekpoort
in Magaliesburg - will soon also be heading to court to battle to retain
their Afrikaans-only status. Laerskool Doornfontein's governing body on
Thursday turned to the court to ask for an urgent ruling declaring it the
lawful governing body with the power to determine its own language policy.
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