[lg policy] South Africa: Maties approves motion to amend language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 14:54:05 UTC 2015

Maties approves motion to amend language policy

The university’s council met to discuss aspects relating to transformation
at the institution.
[image: Students gather at Stellenbosch University during an open dialogue
to discuss issues of inclusion and exclusion on 15 April 2015. Picture:
FILE: Stellenbosch University has approved a motion to amend its language
policy. Picture: iWitness.

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Masa Kekana <http://ewn.co.za/Contributors/Masa-Kekana> | about 8 hours ago
CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University
<http://ewn.co.za/Topic/Open-Stellenbosch> has approved a motion to amend
its language policy leading up to further proposed changes this year.

The university’s council met on Monday to discuss various aspects relating
to transformation at the institution.

Maties spokesperson Martin Viljoen said, “Council supported the
recommendation by the rector’s management team that we would safeguard
Afrikaans as an academic language and it should be removed from the
introduction of the language policy.”

Viljoen added the introduction of IsiXhosa was still in the pipeline.

He adds the rector’s management team has accepted the recommendations.

While a council meeting was underway yesterday, student movement Open
hosted a demonstration at the university’s Tygerberg campus.

The movement is calling for the dissolution of council
<http://ewn.co.za/2015/09/28/Open-Stellenbosch-has-more-demands> as part of
a campaign for greater transformation
at the institution.

Last week, Open Stellenbosch also said it is not happy
with newly revised language policy.

The new policy aims to place English and Afrikaans on an equal level as the
language of instruction in classrooms.

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