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Free State University drops Afrikaans from 2017

The council at the University of Free State (UFS) has given a new language policy the go ahead for next year.

The university has been the site of protests and on going tensions over race and the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction.

UFS spokesperson Lacea Loader says an overwhelming majority of the council voted in favour of a revised language policy which is committed to multi-lingualism.

In the new policy, the university commits to enable a language rich environment, committed to multi-lingualism, with particular attention to Afrikaans, Sotho and isiZulu and other languages represented on our three campuses.

Lacea Loader, UFS spokesperson

Although English will be the primary medium of instruction at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, students pursuing professional programmes such as teaching can choose to use a parallel medium model.

Meanwhile, Sociolinguist and Senior Lecturer professor Dr Thabo Ditsele from the Tshwane University of Technology says the removal of Afrikaans as the primary language of instruction at traditional South African universities does not necessarily diminish its power or influence.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:


This article first appeared on 702 : Free State University drops Afrikaans from 2017


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