EFF hails Tuks' decision to scrap Afrikaans as language of instruction

EFF Student command leader Mpho Morolane says he hopes management will adhere to the new terms.

FILE: Members of the EFF student command protest outside University of Pretoria. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) student command says the University of Pretoria's decision to scrap Afrikaans as a primary language of instruction is a step in the right direction.

The decision follows several protests by students at the institution calling for a language policy change.

While the EFF student command has welcomed the decision, it has been met with resistance by civil rights organisation Afriforum.

Student command president Mpho Morolane says he hopes management will adhere to the new terms.

"Management of these universities sometimes take decisions they don't adhere to, as the EFF it's our responsibility to ensure that we monitor the situation."

The university's Anna-Retha Bouwer says the institution hopes the change in language policy will promote social cohesion and inclusivity.

"English will become the primary language of instruction and assessment. The goal of the new policy is to facilitate social cohesion and promote inclusivity."