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AfriForum, Solidarity win bid to halt language policy changes at UFS

In March the university announced English as the main medium of instruction at 3 campuses from 2017.

The University of the Free State's Bloemfontein campus. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lobby group AfriForum and union group Solidarity have won their bid in the High Court in Bloemfontein to prevent the University of the Free State from making English the primary medium of instruction from next year.

In March the university announced the change to its language policy at primary and post-graduate level on three campuses in Bloemfontein and QwaQwa, prompting the groups to approach the High Court, arguing that the changes were unconstitutional.

"We wanted to defend the constitutional right of people to have education in their language of choice where it is available. And since it has been available for many years we felt that we didn't ask for any rights to be given additionally, but for the rights already in place simply to be respected and be maintained," says AfriForum's Alana Bailey.