Thou­sands turned away

Matrics bat­tle to find po­si­tions in uni­ver­si­ties

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - ARETHA LIN­DEN ED­U­CA­TION RE­PORTER [email protected]­

As ma­tric­u­lants wait in an­tic­i­pa­tion for their re­sults, many young peo­ple have al­ready pre­pared for the next phase of their ed­u­ca­tion, en­rolling at higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

A few still hope to take ad­van­tage of late ap­pli­ca­tions in Jan­uary, but they are left with lim­ited op­tions.

Most Eastern Cape uni­ver­si­ties have re­ceived thou­sands of ap­pli­ca­tions from prospec­tive stu­dents but can only ac­com­mo­date a frac­tion of the num­ber of ap­pli­cants.

A num­ber of col­leges still have am­ple space, how­ever.

Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity (WSU) re­ceived 35,000 ap­pli­ca­tions from prospec­tive stu­dents but the univer­sity only has space for 7,400 first-year stu­dents.

The ap­pli­ca­tions at WSU closed on Oc­to­ber 31. Only a few pro­grammes have not yet reached their quo­tas and late ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted in these.

WSU spokesper­son Yonela Tuk­wayo said the pro­grammes that still had space were de­grees and diplo­mas in sciences and en­gi­neer­ing, which re­quired a good Grade 12 math­e­mat­ics pass.

“Our most pop­u­lar pro­grammes are medicine, ac­count­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, jour­nal­ism, hu­man re­sources man­age­ment and pub­lic re­la­tions,” she said.

“In some of these pro­grammes we re­ceived over 1,000 ap­pli­ca­tions when we can only ad­mit 40 stu­dents.”

Tuk­wayo said not all can­di­dates with pro­vi­sional ad­mis­sion would be able to reg­is­ter and the fi­nal choice would be made once the ma­tric re­sults are re­leased.

Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity (NMU) had the high­est num­ber of ap­pli­cants when com­pared to other uni­ver­si­ties in the prov­ince.

NMU spokesper­son Zandile Mba­bela said they re­ceived 103,541 ap­pli­ca­tions – which is al­most 200 times more than the 6,500 first year stu­dents that the univer­sity can ac­com­mo­date.

Mba­bela said 10,000 prospec­tive stu­dents had been ac­cepted and they were await­ing re­sponses from the stu­dents.

“Ad­mit­ting stu­dents means they re­ceived ac­cep­tance of­fers, to which they need to re­spond with a con­fir­ma­tion of tak­ing up the of­fer or de­clin­ing as they have se­cured space else­where,” she said.

Rhodes Univer­sity will have to sift through 8,671 ap­pli­cants to select the 1,800 first-year stu­dents it has space for.

Univer­sity of Fort Hare (UFH) spokesper­son Khotso Moabi said there was no more space for first-year stu­dents.

“We have reg­is­tered 5,673 new stu­dents for 2019 and the tar­get we had was 5,543, so ef­fec­tively we are over by 130.

“We have no more space,” said Moabi.

The univer­sity re­ceived close to 17,000 ap­pli­ca­tions for po­stand un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies.

Buf­falo City Tech­ni­cal Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TVET) Col­lege has space in most of its part-time cour­ses.

Ac­cord­ing to the col­lege’s sec­re­tary, Athandile Ntozini, the col­lege ap­plies a first come, first served pol­icy.

Ap­pli­ca­tion time is be­tween Jan­uary 7 and 11.

Mid­lands TVET Col­lege – which has cam­puses in Makhanda, Uiten­hage and Graaf­fReinet – still has space for thou­sands of prospec­tive stu­dents in a num­ber of pro­grammes such as en­gi­neer­ing and busi­ness.

Ap­pli­ca­tions at Mid­lands are also open be­tween Jan­uary 7 and 11. Ap­pli­ca­tions are free. Ap­pli­ca­tions at Elmi Pri­vate Col­lege in East Lon­don are open un­til Jan­uary.

WSU re­ceived 35,000 ap­pli­ca­tions but the univer­sity only has space for 7,400 first-year stu­dents

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