All new students registering for undergraduate degrees for the first time at UKZN from 2014 will – unless they get exemption – be required to pass or obtain a credit for a prescribed isiZulu module before they can graduate.
This rule, approved in principle by the University’s Senate, gives tangible expression to UKZN’s language policy and plan which is intended to promote and facilitate the use of isiZulu as a language of learning, communication, instruction and administration.
It reflects UKZN’s commitment to the development of isiZulu as an academic language alongside English which at this stage remains the main language of learning and instruction. That is, all degree programmes continue to be offered in the medium of English, while a selection of modules are being offered in isiZulu.
During the first phase of the implementation (up until 2020 ), students and staff will develop communicative competence in isiZulu and English sufficient for academic interaction. Appropriate credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing language courses will be made available by the University during this time.
Each degree programme will determine the appropriate level and type of proficiency. This is in line with the University Language Policy and Plan and our Transformation Charter which seeks to develop African languages as academic languages.
Professor Renuka Vithal
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
Chair of the UKZN Language Board