Aim to as­sist hope­fuls into var­si­ties

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TE­BOGO MONAMA

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 cach@dhet.gov.za

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.

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