Open Stellenbosch presents Alternative Language Policy to management

The student movement handed over a memorandum to Stellenbosch University management earlier today.

FILE: The group wants the institution’s council to consider the memorandum which was accepted by the deputy vice-chancellor for research, innovation and postgraduate studies, Eugene Cloete this afternoon. Picture: iWitness.

CAPE TOWN - Student movement Open Stellenbosch has handed over a memorandum to Stellenbosch University management, presenting its Alternative Language Policy.

The policy calls for English to be the primary medium of instruction as well as communication.

The group wants the institution's council to consider the memorandum, which was accepted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Eugene Cloete this afternoon.

Earlier this week, the council's George Steyn said the current language policy will remain in place, meaning Afrikaans will remain the primary medium of instruction.

Open Stellenbosch's Bradley Frolick, who is also a SRC member, says the alternative policy is calling for equitable access for all students, not only English-speakers.

"English will be used as a lingua franca so that other South African languages can be supplemented, grown, expanded in terms of academic use. Additionally, the language policy proposal is inter-sectional in that it also addresses the needs of the students with special learning needs."