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Stellenbosch University discusses impact of language policy on Afrikaans students

The policy will require classes attended by Afrikaans and English students to be given in English.

FILE: Protesting Stellenbosch University students gather outside campus. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Stellenbosch says it has been discussing the impact of its new language policy on previously disadvantaged Afrikaans speaking students.

The policy, which is set to be implemented next year, will require classes attended by Afrikaans and English students to be given in English, with summaries provided in Afrikaans.

Discussions also centred around the maintenance of Afrikaans as a science language, as well as the development of isiXhosa.

The University's management will hold further meetings with 'senior educationalists', principles and learners to discuss and clarify the new language policy.

The institution's Martin Viljoen says they will also stomp out any ambiguities or misconceptions that may exist around the policy.

"Afrikaans speaking students from historically disadvantaged background are specifically included in this initiative."

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