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DA wants Stellenbosch University to reinstate Afrikaans as primary teaching language

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The DA has confirmed that it is currently in talks with the University of Stellenbosch to have the abolishment of Afrikaans as a primary teaching language reversed.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) took to Twitter on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, to confirm that its Federal Leader, John Steenhuisen visited the University of Stellenbosch (SU). The purpose of the visit was to meet with the management of the university and begin discussions on the possibility of reversing the abolishment of Afrikaans as the primary teaching language at the university.

The post explained, “After the 2016 decision to abolish Afrikaans at SU as an equal language, four million Afrikaans speakers in the Western and Northern Cape no longer have access to higher education in their mother tongue.”

The party negated to mention that the move to abolish Afrikaans as a primary language of instruction at the university happened after the first wave of mass Fees Must Fall protests. The protests not only fought for free education, but also accessible education for all. At the time, the university did not use the primary language of communication, English, therefore, it failed to meet those standards.

Moreover, the DA’s move has been receiving backlash. The biggest reason for the backlash is the fact that there are 11 official languages, however, the DA is opting to only fight for Afrikaans.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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