[lg policy] Democratic Alliance comes to the defence of the University of Stellenbosch ’s language policy.

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 5 16:08:18 UTC 2009

DA backs Maties language policy

Chantall Presence | Yesterday

The Democratic Alliance has come to the defence of the University of
Stellenbosch’s language policy. On Thursday, the party released its
position paper on higher education which focuses on increasing the
number of graduates the country produces. The DA believes higher
learning institutions should have the final say on the language of
instruction for students.  Member of Parliament Wilmot James defended
Stellenbosch, which has come under attack for its language policy. It
has been accused of using Afrikaans to exclude certain students.

James pointed out that the University’s language policy responded to
the demand in the Western Cape, which has a 60 percent
Afrikaans-speaking population. "The state must not bully universities.
It must respect the independence of these institutions to allow them
to go through the internal processes to make this decision."  Wilmot
added the state should, however, intervene where supply and demand
were seriously out of balance.

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