The University of Pretoria, a leading university in South Africa has officially dropped Afrikaans as an official language in favor of English.
The University says its decision to drop Afrikaans in favor of English was informed by the need to “transform the culture” of the institution of learning and make it “truly South Africa.” In South Africa, English is the most preferred language of instruction for many people.
Discrimination through Afrikaans
The use of Afrikaans has been an indirect way for the white minority to discriminate the black majority who do not use the language. Afrikaans is a language developed by the whites in South Africa.
South Africa still has some deep racial division and mistrust. That is despite the fact that apartheid ended over two decades ago. The word apartheid itself is an Afrikaans word, though it has been internationalized and even inserted into the Oxford Dictionary as an English word now.
Though the language is still spoken by millions in South Africa, such moves taken by the University of Pretoria will ensure the majority in the country who do not speak the language don’t feel left out. It …read more