AfriForum Youth slams new language policy at Stellenbosch University

AfriForum Youth slams new language policy at Stellenbosch University

2021-12-04 02:15:00 AM

AfriForum Youth slams new language policy at Stellenbosch University

AfriForum Youth has found no eloquence in Stellenbosch University’s new language policy.

Philani NombembeJournalistBernard Pieters, manager at AfriForum Youth, says the Stellenbosch University’s new language policy should be legally challenged.Image:SuppliedAfriForum Youth has found no eloquence in Stellenbosch University’s (SU) new language policy.

The university council on Thursday approved the new language policy for the institution with an overwhelming majority.“This marks the end of a thorough, comprehensive and consultative revision process that started in October 2020.The 2021 revision forms part of a five-year revision cycle prescribed by the policy itself,” the university said.

The new development ushered in isiXhosa and English as the institution’s official languages, alongside Afrikaans. Council chairperson George Steyn said:"The revised language policy reaffirms that Stellenbosch University is a national asset in a diverse society. headtopics.com

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“Without losing sight of the fact that SU also serves continental and global communities, the university recommits itself to multilingualism by using the three official languages of the Western Cape, namely Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa.This unlocks the intellectual wealth inherent in our linguistic diversity.”

But on Friday, AfriForum Youth said the institution had been “re-colonised under new language policy”. AfriForum Youth manager Bernard Pieters said the “council did not take the facts, historical context and global examples into account in their decision to downgrade Afrikaans to a 'second-class' language.

“The language policy is written in such a way that even if as few as two classes are offered at SU in Afrikaans it basically complies with all aspects of the new policy. SU says they want to promote multilingualism, but by reducing and downgrading Afrikaans it certainly does not meet the dictionary definition of ‘promoting’,” said Pieters.

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The fight to keep Afrikaans as an equal language at Maties is over.Bernard Pieters, AfriForum Youth AfriForum Youth has been involved in SU’s language debate since 2010. Meetings were held for years and presentations were made that"fell on deaf ears". headtopics.com

AfriForum Youth also launched a number court cases, which were later continued by GelykeKanse.He said the language policy contradicts itself by stating: “In addition, the language used in the student communities [residences and private organisation wards] must include and enable participation.”

This clause could be used to “defend the exclusive use of English in all facets of SU’s structure, should it be addressed in legal action”.“The fight to keep Afrikaans as an equal language at Maties is over. We as AfriForum Youth will now focus on the preservation of Afrikaans with the aim of restoring it as an equal language in future under a management that focuses on academic progress rather than political ideologies.

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“It is sad that the biggest struggle for the youth in the so-called new SA is to be treated as equals by the SU management.”

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Your heading is somehow misleading, without reading the article, I immediately had an idea that AfriForum could be against isiXhoza. You could have done better. Nevertheless, one must read the entire thing before forming a view. Kudos to Stellenbosch For including IsiXhosa as a language? AfriForum se moer!!!

A storm in a tea cup!

AfriForum Youth slams new language policy at Stellenbosch UniversityAfriForum Youth has found no eloquence in Stellenbosch University’s new language policy. It’s never too late to start making beneficial mark, so glad taking risk and it turned out positively…thank God for encountering with lisamiabtc…it’s has been a great news ever since I came across her on twitter. What a weird headline Welcome to the masses of youth that has been feeling this way since the inception of higher education

AfriForum Youth slams new language policy at Stellenbosch UniversityAfriForum Youth has found no eloquence in Stellenbosch University’s new language policy. It’s never too late to start making beneficial mark, so glad taking risk and it turned out positively…thank God for encountering with lisamiabtc…it’s has been a great news ever since I came across her on twitter. What a weird headline Welcome to the masses of youth that has been feeling this way since the inception of higher education

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Stellenbosch University adopts IsiXhosa as its third official languageIsiXhosa will be part of teaching and learning at the Stellenbosch University (SU).

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