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Maties approves motion to amend language policy

The university’s council met to discuss aspects relating to transformation at the institution.

FILE: Stellenbosch University has approved a motion to amend its language policy. Picture: iWitness.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University has approved a motion to amend its language policy leading up to further proposed changes this year.

The university's council met on Monday to discuss various aspects relating to transformation at the institution.

Maties spokesperson Martin Viljoen said, "Council supported the recommendation by the rector's management team that we would safeguard Afrikaans as an academic language and it should be removed from the introduction of the language policy."

Viljoen added the introduction of IsiXhosa was still in the pipeline.

He adds the rector's management team has accepted the recommendations.

REACTION

While a council meeting was underway yesterday, student movement Open Stellenbosch hosted a demonstration at the university's Tygerberg campus.

The movement is calling for the dissolution of council as part of a campaign for greater transformation at the institution.

Last week, Open Stellenbosch also said it is not happy with newly revised language policy.

The new policy aims to place English and Afrikaans on an equal level as the language of instruction in classrooms.

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