SU Accepts Motions on Transformation and Language Policy

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SU Accepts Motions on Transformation and Language Policy


The Stellenbosch University (SU) council accepted various motions on Monday related to transformation, the language policy, and approved the recommendation by its human resources committee that the appointment process for two vice-rectors be initiated.

A new position, Vice-Rector: Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation, was approved by council.

This position, as well as that of the Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel (previously the Vice-Rector: Community Interaction and Personnel), currently held by Prof Nico Koopman in an acting capacity, will be advertised shortly.

Council supported the recommendation by the sector's management team that the word "safeguard" in the context of Afrikaans as academic language should be removed from the introduction to the language policy, and from the rest of the policy.

Qualifying words such as "judicious" and "where feasible" related to the development of isiXhosa as an academic language will also be removed from the introduction.

The rector's management team accepted these recommendations by the task teams that considered the proposals contained in the memorandums submitted to management by various student bodies at the end of the first semester.

As determined by the university's statute, the proposed changes to the language policy will be tabled at the council meeting in November 2015 after consultation with the institutional forum and with the concurrence of senate.

The Stellenbosch University council yesterday also accepted a motion of support for the rector and his management team for the way in which they are managing the various complex debates and contestations around the transformation of the university.

The council called on the university management officials to continue on the path they have set, further advance open and critical debate, respond to transformation challenges and pro-actively create conditions for various forms of student and staff activism to realise the values, principles and rights contained in the constitution. …

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