Northern Gauteng High to hear AfriForum application against Unisa language policy

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University of South Africa (Unisa). Photo: YouTube

The Northern Gauteng High Court in Pretoria is expected to hear AfriForum’s urgent application against the implementation of the new language policy of the University of South Africa (Unisa) on Wednesday.

Non-governmental organisation AfriForum on Monday said it was approaching the High Court in Pretoria over the disputed language policy at Unisa. The move comes after Unisa’s decision to stop using Afrikaans as the medium of instruction and assessments from 2017.

English will be the only primary language at the university.

On Monday, Unisa’s spokesperson Martin Ramotshela said the university was cognisant of the public and media interest in its decision to phase out Afrikaans as a language of instruction but they have decided not to comment on the matter.

At the time, the university’s Student Representative Council (SRC) said it was not pleased with the court application.

SRC’s regional secretary Neo Hlabirwa said they hoped that the court’s decision would not change the university’s decision to adopt the new language policy.

Other universities across the country adopted the new language policy of not using Afrikaans as the medium of instruction and assessment but English. They include the universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Free State.

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