[lg policy] South Africa: Free State University to review language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 15:27:07 UTC 2015

 Free State University to review language policy 2015-06-11 19:47

Dirk Lotriet, News24
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 Bloemfontein - The University of the Free State Council has mandated the
institution's management to lead a formal review of its language policy,
the university announced on Thursday.

The review will follow a comprehensive process of consultation with all
university stakeholders.

The process will include the creation of multiple opportunities and forums
for participation, as well as the formation of a university language
committee which will receive and assess all views on the policy before
making recommendations.

“The review is an open-ended process and three broad outcomes are possible
- that the parallel-medium policy remains in place; that minor adjustments
are made to the policy; [and] that major changes are made to the existing
policy,” the university said in a statement.

UFS’s parallel-medium language policy has caused a lot of controversy after
the rector, Professor Jonathan Jansen
<http://whoswho.co.za/prof-jonathan-jansen-5582>, said in his weekly letter
to staff early in May that it was clear to him that the current language
policy was a problem for most staff and students.

Proposals for a single-medium teaching language were submitted at a meeting
on April 28.

The language committee’s recommendations will be presented to council at
its November 2015 meeting.


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