Maties SRC supports lecturers on proposed language policy changes

A group of more than 220 academics have also publicly voiced their support of the rector's decision.

FILE: The SRC says they are 100 percent behind the academics. Picture: iWitness.

CAPE TOWN - All student representative bodies at Stellenbosch University have shown their support for a group of lecturers who are backing management's proposed language policy changes.

Last week, the institution's Rector Management Team introduced its proposed Language Policy and Plan which makes English the primary language of communication and instruction.

The bold move has received backlash from many critics, including the Democratic Alliance and renowned author Breyten Breytenbach, who feel the decision will exclude the Afrikaans speaking community at the historically Afrikaans university.

Others, including a group of more than 220 academics, have publicly voiced their support of the rector's decision.

SRC spokesperson James de Villiers says they are 100 percent behind the academics.

"The SRC is very grateful for the move that many staff members made to publicly announce their support for the Rector Management Team, and in doing so ensuring that the bias media reports on the language issue is diluted."