Feedback invited on the proposed amendments to the University of Pretoria's Language Policy

Posted on February 20, 2016

As part of its ongoing consultation about the University of Pretoria’s language policy, the University Management had scheduled a series of meetings with student representative bodies on 18 and 19 February 2016 to provide feedback on the Language Policy Task Team Report, as well as the proposed amendments to the language policy contained in the report. Unfortunately, the meetings scheduled for 18 February could not proceed. The meeting scheduled for 19 February is postponed.

Proposed amendments

The Language Policy Task Team’s proposed amendments to the policy are:

  • That English should be the primary language of instruction in all lectures.
  • That the University should promote multilingualism as a means of facilitating student success and building social cohesion.
  • That Afrikaans and Sepedi should be used to provide additional support to students in tutorials, practicals and discussions.
  • Transitional arrangements will be put in place should the proposed amendments listed above be accepted.

Given that the above-mentioned consultation process had to be halted today we wish to invite staff and students to provide feedback per email on the proposed amendments listed above.

Feedback should be sent to [email protected]  by 29 February 2016.


- Author Department of University Relations

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