JOHANNESBURG – The Freedom Front Plus is encouraging Afrikaans-speaking parents and students to implement a pay strike at the University of the Free State.
This is in response to the institution’s decision to drop Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.
The university reached a unanimous decision to make English the primary medium of instruction starting next year.
Meanwhile, AfriForum said it would approach the Bloemfontein High Court for a court interdict against the university.
“We are very concerned about the decision. We feel that not only does it undermine the language rights of Afrikaans speaking students who want to be tutored in Afrikaans, but it is also a problem because Sesotho as a main language of the people of the Free State is still a developing language.
“And if we see that a highly functional language as Afrikaans is being sidelined we also wonder whether indeed there will be further efforts to improve the (standard) of Sesotho,” said Afriforum deputy CEO, Alana Bailey.