[lg policy] South Africa: Fedsas: Judgment on UFS language policy implicates entire education sector

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 10:49:12 EDT 2016


Fedsas: Judgment on UFS language policy implicates entire education sector

A court ruled in favour of AfriForum and Solidarity to stop a proposed
change to the UFS’s language policy.
[image: A statue of colonial statesman Marthinus Steyn was vandalised
during protests on the University of the Free State's Bloemfontein campus.
Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.]
FILE: The University of the Free State's Bloemfontein campus. Picture:
Reinart Toerien/EWN.

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   - University of the Free State
   <http://ewn.co.za/Topic/University-of-the-Free-State>


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Thando Kubheka <http://ewn.co.za/Contributors/Thando-Kubheka> | about 4
hours ago

JOHANNESBURG - The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools
(Fedsas) says a judgment on the University of the Free State
<http://ewn.co.za/Topic/University-of-the-Free-State-UFS>’s language policy
has important implications for the entire education sector.

Yesterday, the High Court in Bloemfontein ruled in favour of lobby groups
AfriForum and Solidarity
<http://ewn.co.za/2016/07/21/AfriForum-wins-bid-to-halt-language-policy-changes-at-UFS>to
stop a proposed change to the university’s current language policy.

Earlier this year, the institution reached a unanimous decision to make
English the primary medium of instruction from 2017.

But last month, the groups told a full bench of judges that the removal of
Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at the institution was a violation of
the Constitution
<http://ewn.co.za/2016/07/22/Lobby-groups-satisfied-by-High-Court-ruling-over-UFS-language-policy>
.

Fedsas’ Jaco Deacon says mother tongue education must be promoted
<http://ewn.co.za/2016/03/15/Solidarity--Afriforum-to-oppose-new-UFS-language-policy>both
at schools and at institutions of higher education.

“The court’s ruling is clear that when you consider the language option,
you must consider the best interests of the current learners who are the
best students at the institution and you cannot simply take a language
right way from learners.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

http://ewn.co.za/2016/07/22/Fedsas-UFS-language-policy-implicates-the-entire-education-sector


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