UP: 40% of modules not available in Afrikaans: AfriForum Youth submits vote of no confidence against deans
AfriForum Youth today submitted a vote of no confidence against various deans at the University of Pretoria (UP), as recent figures show that up to 40% of modules at the university are not available in Afrikaans. Furthermore, more than a quarter of the remainder of the modules are already double medium.
The calculations are based on the medium of instruction of every module listed in the official 2011 yearbook of every faculty. More than 4 300 modules were reviewed.
"AfriForum Youth's members have indicated that double-medium classes are presented in English, while only questions are allowed in Afrikaans. Therefore, 65,5% of all modules are not offered in Afrikaans," said Charl Oberholzer, National Chairperson of AfriForum Youth.
In a letter to the Chairperson of the UP Board, AfriForum Youth states that Afrikaans students have lost confidence in the respective deans of the Faculties of Veterinary Science, Humanities, Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT).
"The situation is in all likelihood even more dire at grassroots level than the figures suggest, as AfriForum Youth received numerous complaints during the year about lectures that are not presented in Afrikaans even though the yearbook indicates that Afrikaans is the medium of instruction."