[lg policy] South Africa: AfriForum goes to court over Unisa language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 10:55:48 EDT 2016

 AfriForum goes to court over Unisa language policy

Civil rights organisation AfriForum says it will on Tuesday launch an
urgent application in the Pretoria High Court to prevent Unisa from
implementing its new language policy.
Published: July 25, 2016, 12:34 p.m. by Olivia Phalaetsile
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In April, the Unisa Council adopted a new language policy with English as
the new medium of instruction.

The policy is to be adopted in 2017.

AfriForum's deputy CEO Alana Bailey says Unisa is the only tertiary option
for many Afrikaans speaking people.

"The university has a unique student corps. There are many registered
students who only later in life started studying under difficult personal
and financial circumstances. Some of them live in rural areas or even
outside South Africa and work fulltime. The other universities in the
country thus offer them no opportunities to study. This is exactly why it
is crucially necessary to protect their language rights," she argues.

The University of the Free State has confirmed it will appeal a High Court
ruling to stop a proposed change to its current language policy.

UFS earlier this year decided to make English the primary medium of
instruction at three of its campuses.

Bailey says AfriForum will oppose the appeal.


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