[lg policy] South Africa: Court sets aside UFS’s new language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 11:19:40 EDT 2016


 Court sets aside UFS’s new language policy

Thursday 21 July 2016 12:02

Teboho Letshaba
[image: In March, the University Council reached a unanimous decision to
have English as the primary medium of instruction from 2017.]

In March, the University Council reached a unanimous decision to have
English as the primary medium of instruction from 2017.(SABC)
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   - Free State
   <http://www.sabc.co.za/wps/portal/news/main/tag?tag=Free%20State>
   - Bloemfontein
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   - The University of the Free State
   <http://www.sabc.co.za/wps/portal/news/main/tag?tag=The%20University%20of%20the%20Free%20State>
   - UFS <http://www.sabc.co.za/wps/portal/news/main/tag?tag=UFS>
   - The Free State High Court
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   - AfriForum
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   - Teboho Letshaba
   <http://www.sabc.co.za/wps/portal/news/main/tag?tag=Teboho%20Letshaba>
   - Jonathan Jansen
   <http://www.sabc.co.za/wps/portal/news/main/tag?tag=Jonathan%20Jansen>

The Free State High Court in Bloemfontein has set aside the decision by the
University of the Free State (UFS) to have English as the sole medium of
instruction.

Civil movement AfriForum challenged the proposed language policy
<http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/52ba33804c0f6b03a8c6ad86af38e8be/UFSundefinedreadyundefinedtoundefineddefendundefinednewundefinedlanguageundefinedpolicy-20161703>change,
arguing that the removal of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was
inconsistent with the law.

In March, the University Council reached a unanimous decision to have
English as the primary medium of instruction from 2017.

It is unclear at this stage if the university will oppose the order.

The university announced in April that English would be the sole language
of instruction on campus.

AfriForum filed a 110-page affidavit to the Free State High Court in which
they stated that outgoing UFS vice chancellor and Rector Prof Jonathan
Jansen confirmed in the past that Afrikaans would be safe for as long as he
remained at the university.

However, AfriForum argued that Jansen and the University Council  reneged
on their promise.

A full bench of judges Ronald Hendricks of the North West High Court,
Limpopo Deputy Judge President Fikile Mokgohloa and Acting High Court Judge
Motimele presided on the matter.

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/3c82e2804d92c77f871dc74bb456f37b/Court-sets-aside-UFSs-new-language-policy-20160721


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