[lg policy] South Africa: Solidarity, AfriForum to oppose new UFS language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 14:57:21 UTC 2016

Solidarity, AfriForum to oppose new UFS language policy

Afrikaans will no longer be the primary medium of instruction starting in
[image: University of the Free State. Picture: facebook.]
FILE: University of the Free State. Picture: Facebook.

   - AfriForum <http://ewn.co.za/Topic/AfriForum>
   - Trade Union Solidarity <http://ewn.co.za/Topic/Trade-Union-Solidarity>
   - University of the Free State UFS


JOHANNESBURG – Trade union Solidarity, AfriForum
<http://ewn.co.za/Topic/AfriForum> and AfriForum Youth say they will
approach the Bloemfontein High Court for an interdict against the University
of the Free State <http://ewn.co.za/Topic/University-of-the-Free-State> to
stop a proposed change to its current language policy.

On Friday, the university’s council reached a unanimous decision to make
English the primary medium of instruction starting next year.

Solidarity however claims the new policy is already taking form and serves
to disadvantage students who want to continue their studies in Afrikaans.

“At this stage already students that have enrolled in Afrikaans are being
forced to take their classes in English and that, in itself, is already
discriminatory in nature because there is a contract in place between that
student and the university that they will be able to do those classes in


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