English gets the nod from Maties

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THE ma­jor­ity of Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity’s Se­nate mem­bers yes­ter­day ap­proved plans to have classes taught in English next year at the tra­di­tion­ally Afrikaans lan­guage ed­u­ca­tional institution.

The univer­sity’s Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil said in a state­ment that it was “pleased” at this de­ci­sion.

The SRC said “Se­nate has ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the rec­tor’s man­age­ment team on Novem­ber 12”.

“This mo­tion by the Se­nate clearly so­lid­i­fies cam­pus sup­port for in­clu­siv­ity,”

They also called on the univer­sity coun­cil “to see this stance by Se­nate as a con­vinc­ing fac­tor in their de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the fu­ture of lan­guage pol­icy at SU”.

If Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity’s lan­guage pol­icy pro­pos­als are ap­proved, stu­dents will be able to study in English and Afrikaans next year.

This fol­lows a months-long cam­paign by the Open Stel­len­bosch move­ment which has cam­paigned for ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion in English.

Open Stel­len­bosch has ar­gued that offering the ma­jor­ity of the univer­sity’s classes in Afrikaans and not other lan­guages meant that ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion had been lim­ited.

In re­sponse, the univer­sity an­nounced re­cently that it wanted English as the pri­mary teach­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion lan­guage from as early as Jan­uary.

The univer­sity’s changed lan­guage pol­icy awaits ap­proval by its Coun­cil at the end of this month.

If passed, English would be­come the lin­gua franca of meet­ings at res­i­dences as well as of ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing meet­ings, of­fi­cial doc­u­ments and ser­vices at re­cep­tion desks.

Afrikaans ad­vo­cacy groups like AfriFo­rum and the FW de Klerk Foun­da­tion have ex­pressed dis­may at the lan­guage shift.

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