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​Invitation to comment on first draft of revised SU Language Policy (2016)

Stellenbosch University (SU) is inviting interested parties to comment on the first draft of a revised Language Policy. The SU Language ​Policy (2016) is being revised during 2021 as part of the five-year revision cycle prescribed in the policy itself. Section 10 of the Language Policy (2016) stipulates that the policy “lapses five years after the date of its implementation" and that it “must be reviewed during its fifth year of operation". The current policy was implemented in 2017.

With the current Language Policy (2016) as its point of departure, the Language Policy Revision Task Team has compiled a first draft of a revised policy for public consultation.

The first public participation period starts on 20 March and closes on 12 April 2021. Comments can only be submitted via the submission platform which can be accessed via the link on this webpage. Please note that no comments will be possible on the first draft on this submission platform after the closing date for submissions on 12 April 2021.

The SU Statute stipulates that the SU Council must determine the language policy of the institution with the concurrence of Senate and in accordance with section 27(2) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act 101 of 1997, as amended). The revision process was initiated in October 2020 by convening a task team, and proposing a timeline based on the University Almanac for 2021. The objective is to table a final draft Language Policy (2021) for approval by Council on 2 December this year.

Since the Constitutional Court in 2019 found the Language Policy (2016) to be constitutionally justified and the University's process in adopting the policy “thorough, exhaustive, inclusive and properly deliberative", the current policy has been used as the point of departure for the revision process. The revision will be informed further by, amongst others, the SU Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019–2024 which has been adopted and implemented after the Language Policy (2016) was approved, as well as the Language Policy Framework for Public Higher Education Institutions determined in terms of section 27(2) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act 101 of 1997 as amended).

The Language Policy Revision Task Team will collate all input received during the first public participation opportunity and compile a response report. All submissions will be considered but it may not be possible to include all comments in the second draft of the revised Language Policy (2016​) that will be made available for further input in the second semester of the year. ​

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As the Language Policy (2016) by virtue of section 27 (2) of the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997 stipulates that Council determines the Language Policy of Stellenbosch University with the concurrence of Senate, the milestones in the timeline focus on Senate, the Institutional Forum and Council, as well as the two public participation processes.

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Provide your comment via the digital submission platform 

A digital platform is available for the easy submission of comments on the first draft of the revised Language Policy (2016) in a structured way. The digital platform will remain open for submissions from 20 March until 12 April 2021. Please note that no comments will be possible on the first draft on the submission platform after the closing date for submissions on 12 April 2021.

All comments are provided anonymously unless contributors prefer to identify themselves or indicate that their comments are submitted on behalf of a specific group or organisation.

Please note that the current SU Language Policy (2016) was the point of departure for the formulation of the first draft​ ​of the rev​ised policy​. Your input can be inserted under each of the sectional headings. Provision has also been made for general comments.

Click here  if you are ready to proceed with your submission. If you should experience difficulty with the submission platform, you are​ welcome to send an email to language@sun.ac.za. This email address is for technical enquiries only, and not for the submission of comments.