Unizulu won’t ac­cept ‘walk-in’ stu­dents

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Gugu Myeni

THE Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land says it has made pre-se­lec­tions for first year study and will not ac­cept walk-ins dur­ing the 2018 reg­is­tra­tions.

This comes as con­fu­sion mounts among stu­dents over the reg­is­tra­tion process at var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing ow­ing to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s an­nounce­ment in De­cem­ber on free ed­u­ca­tion for the poor and work­ing class.

‘How­ever, from 15 Jan­uary to 19 Jan­uary 2018, a mar­quee will be erected at both cam­puses of the in­sti­tu­tion (KwaDlangezwa main cam­pus and Richards Bay cam­pus) where pos­si­ble walk-in can­di­dates will be re­quested to leave their doc­u­ments,’ said Unizulu Act­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor, Sinegugu Ndlovu.

While the EFF and its stu­dent com­mand has called for ‘all aca­dem­i­cally de­serv­ing stu­dents to re­port to col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties of their choice for reg­is­tra­tion this year’, Uni­ver­si­ties South Africa (USAF) has dis­cour­aged walk-ins.

The body, which rep­re­sents all uni­ver­si­ties in SA, said dur­ing a meet­ing on the new pol­icy, it was es­tab­lished that since ap­pli­ca­tions to all 26 public in­sti­tu­tions had closed to­wards the end of 2017, no ‘walk-in’ ap­pli­ca­tions would be ac­cepted.

‘At that meet­ing it was de­cided that such stu­dents, whether they had ap­plied to NSFAS or not, must sub­mit their de­tails on­line to the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion’s Cen­tral Ap­pli­ca­tions Clear­ing House (CACH).

‘This sys­tem has been es­tab­lished specif­i­cally to ad­dress the place­ment of stu­dents who did not ap­ply to any univer­sity, but who now qual­ify and wish to be con­sid­ered for an aca­demic space,’ USAF CEO Pro­fes­sor Ahmed Bawa said.

Bawa fur­ther ex­pressed con­cern at the EFF’s call for ‘stu­dents to sim­ply turn up at uni­ver­si­ties for en­rol­ment with­out hav­ing made ap­pro­pri­ate prior ar­range­ments for their ad­mis­sion’.

‘This is un­for­tu­nate as it may re­sult in a re­play of events with po­ten­tial to cause in­jury to stu­dents and their fam­i­lies. We re­call with deep anx­i­ety the event at the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg in Jan­uary 2012, which re­sulted in the tragic death of a par­ent.’

Mean­while Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Hlengiwe Mkhize on Thurs­day clar­i­fied that the free ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy will only be phased in over a five year pe­riod.

The pol­icy en­tails ‘ex­tend­ing and strength­en­ing Gov­ern­ment’s sup­port for poor stu­dents to en­ter public uni­ver­si­ties, and Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TVET) col­leges to in­clude the work­ing classes.

‘It does this by lift­ing the thresh­old to qual­ify for fi­nan­cial assistance, to stu­dents from South African house­holds with a com­bined an­nual in­come of up to R350 000 per an­num.’

Mkhize also em­pha­sised that stu­dents who may not have ap­plied at any in­sti­tu­tions or NSFAS and are look­ing for a space in the post-school sys­tem, will be as­sisted through the CACH web­site which opened on 5 Jan­uary and closes on 28 Fe­bru­ary.

Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land

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