Aim to assist hopefuls into varsities
MATRICULANTS who have passed matric and still don’t have space at higher education institutions have been encouraged to contact the Central Application Clearing House (Cach) instead of queueing at the institutions themselves.
Prospective university students received their high school results last week, and have been scrambling to find space at already full universities.
Cach was established in 2012 and is an online service designed to assist people who want to access university, college and skills development opportunities in the public higher education sector by finding them space.
Higher education spokesperson Madikwe Mabotha said: “While the Cach service does not guarantee placement at an institution, the system has been shown to significantly increase prospective students’ chances by making data readily available to all possible institutions in the PSET system.
“Applicants are matched to their exam results as supplied by the Department of Basic Education and the Independent Examination Board.”
The information is then shared with institutions, which select potential students from the list and make direct contact with them. People can also receive information on skills development opportunities and artisan programmes.
Mabotha said that last year, Cach successfully placed 40 percent of the registered 18 747 applicants. This year, the Cach service opened on January 3, and will run until the end of next month.
Mabotha said Cach was the first phase of the department’s development project to streamline applications to the public post-school system. The next phase, he said, was the central applications service, which will provide a single point of information and access to the education system.
Prospective students can visit http://cach. dhet.gov.za or call the toll-free number 0860 35 66 35 from 8am to 8pm. They can also text their name and identity number to 49200, or email it to email@example.com
Mabotha urged those who want to access the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to still apply. Applications for TVET colleges close on February 14. Applications for financial assistance to universities close on January 20.