Why South African students want to be taught in English

Students at Stellenbosch University have campaigned for the university to change its language policy. Credit: bbc.com

Stellenbosch University’s plan to drop Afrikaans as the language of instruction and teach in English has been warmly received, not only by students who are enrolled at the institution but by the rest of South Africa.

This is because it has always been accused of being one of the most untransformed academic institutions in post-apartheid South Africa, and for decades was regarded as the heart of Afrikanerdom.

The town itself is the second-oldest European settlement in the Western Cape and was named after Simon van der Stel, who was a governor of the Dutch Cape Colony.

Read more: Why South African students want to be taught in English – BBC News

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