[lg policy] South Africa: Council rejects anti-transformation accusations.

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sun Dec 6 20:23:35 UTC 2015

Council rejects anti-transformation accusations
BD Live05 December 2015 Issue No:393

Stellenbosch University’s highest decision-making body, the University
Council, last week dismissed accusations that it was against transformation
after it shot down a proposal to adopt English as the main language of
instruction at the traditionally Afrikaans institution, writes Bekezela
Phakathi for BD Live.

"I want to state unequivocally that the university council fully supports
transformation. The council stated that language should never be an
obstacle to any student who wants to study at Stellenbosch University,"
Council Chairman George Steyn said last week.

Student lobby group Open Stellenbosch has been protesting against the
university’s language policy, arguing that the policy "safeguards Afrikaner
culture" and excludes black students. However, the council has adopted a
motion which will effectively see English and Afrikaans being given equal
status. This came despite support from the rector’s management team for the
adoption of English as the primary language of communication and
administration from next year.

Full report on the BD Live site

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