Maties' current language policy to remain in place

This means Afrikaans remains a medium of instruction for undergraduate studies in 2016.

FILE: In a statement released last week, vice-chancellor Wim de Villiers said the institution would make English its primary language for 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Stellenbosch University Council says any change to the institution's language policy will first have to undergo several processes.

The institution today announced it would retain its current language policy next year, which means Afrikaans remains a medium of instruction for undergraduate studies.

In a statement released last week, vice-chancellor Wim de Villiers said the institution would make English its primary language for 2016, with support offered for Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

Chairman of the Stellenbosch University Council George Steyn says the current language policy will remain in place.

He adds the university council and senate have already approved the language implementation plan which puts English and Afrikaans on an equal status.

Steyn explains the executive committee of council supports on-going processes to ensure the institution is inclusive.

He says the university will have to consult all those affected by a change in its language policy.

A final document with all inputs would have to be sent to council for final approval.

Meanwhile, student movement Open Stellenbosch says it does not recognise the council's decision to keep the language policy unchanged next year.

Open Stellenbosch's Simone Cupido says they don't recognise today's decision.

"They cannot make decisions unless it is presented to them by the management team first. They are not an ultimate decision-making body."