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Solidarity, AfriForum to oppose new UFS language policy

Afrikaans will no longer be the primary medium of instruction starting in 2017.

FILE: University of the Free State. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity, AfriForum and AfriForum Youth say they will approach the Bloemfontein High Court for an interdict against the University of the Free State to stop a proposed change to its current language policy.

On Friday, the university's council reached a unanimous decision to make English the primary medium of instruction starting next year.

Solidarity however claims the new policy is already taking form and serves to disadvantage students who want to continue their studies in Afrikaans.

"At this stage already students that have enrolled in Afrikaans are being forced to take their classes in English and that, in itself, is already discriminatory in nature because there is a contract in place between that student and the university that they will be able to do those classes in Afrikaans."