oa Alternation - Treading where angels fear most': the South African Government's new Language Policy for Higher Education and its implications

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Since the dismantling of apartheid, higher education in South Africa has undergone changes, including changes in language policy as proclaimed in Section 27 (2) of the Higher Education Act (1997). This act requires higher education to be in line with the national language policy and the multilingual reality of the country. The Language Policy for Higher Education was adopted in November 2002 to ensure that all official languages are equitably used and developed as academic/ scientific languages of higher education. The aim of this paper is to discuss the Language Policy for Higher Education and its implications for the general restructuring of tertiary education.

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