[lg policy] South Africa: Language Dispute At Agriculture College Not Resolved

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 15:04:27 UTC 2015

South Africa: Language Dispute At Agriculture College Not Resolvedte

By Thomas Hartleb, News24

A dispute over language policy at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training
Institute in the Western Cape is ongoing, despite claims that "progress"
has been made.

While AfriForum Youth said they felt "positive" about the way forward, the
college's Student Representative Council (SRC) said they felt that
non-white, non-Afrikaans speaking students were still being victimised.

The dispute relates to the language of instruction at the institution.

Classes were disrupted on Thursday and Friday last week by students unhappy
with the implementation of the institution's dual English/Afrikaans
language policy. SRC chairperson Sabelo Ngcobo said Afrikaans was being
prioritised. They wanted classes to be in English only.

The Western Cape agriculture department is looking at the institution's
language policy and has started mediation efforts between students and


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