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Battle over new language policy at UFS to continue tomorrow

According to the new policy, Afrikaans will be phased out as a medium of instruction in 2017.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lobby group AfriForum and Trade Union Solidarity will tomorrow approach the High Court in Bloemfontein in an effort to halt the application of a new language policy at the University of the Free State (UFS).

According to the new policy, Afrikaans will be phased out as a medium of instruction in 2017.

Earlier this year, a high court ruling found the new policy to be unconstitutional and called for its implementation to be set aside.

But the university has since applied to the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal the verdict.

While it waits for a decision from the courts, it has decided to go ahead with the phasing out of Afrikaans.

AfriForum's Alana Bailey says implementation shouldn't be allowed to commence.

"Unfortunately while the university is still waiting for an answer on whether they will be allowed to appeal or not, they are busy implementing this policy and we feel this shouldn't be pushed as quickly as possible, so as to give reassurance to students that they will still be able to study in Afrikaans next year."