Stu­dents urged to raise reg­is­tra­tion con­cerns

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PAR­LIA­MENT’S Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing has called on univer­sity stu­dents to in­di­cate their con­cerns ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod.

The com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Con­nie Septem­ber, said in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day that this was part of ef­forts to en­sure there is a smooth and peace­ful start to the 2019 aca­demic year.

“They are im­por­tant stake­hold­ers and the com­mit­tee has been work­ing on a joint pro­gramme with the stu­dents to en­sure that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of free ed­u­ca­tion for the poor and work­ing class ben­e­fits the stu­dents and their com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

“The com­mit­tee wants to see a smooth and peace­ful start to 2019, where stu­dents will not be both­ered by any­thing other than reg­is­ter­ing and get­ting started with the first term.”

The of­fi­cial term for 2019 be­gins in the first week of Fe­bru­ary and in­sti­tu­tions will be asked whether they are achiev­ing the through­put as en­vis­aged in the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan.

Septem­ber said the fo­cus of all stu­dent lead­ers should be on ad­vanc­ing the higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor for the ben­e­fit of all, es­pe­cially poor stu­dents.

“Stu­dent lead­ers need to be talk­ing about how they hope to as­sist uni­ver­si­ties in re­solv­ing chal­lenges such as stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion and wait­ing lists, and in this way help in­sti­tu­tions re­alise smooth and suc­cess­ful reg­is­tra­tion.”

She said the threats of vi­o­lence over reg­is­tra­tion are de­spi­ca­ble and un­war­ranted.

“Con­struc­tive en­gage­ments are needed to make sure that is­sues are at­tended to and that the ma­jor­ity of stu­dents are able to ac­cess univer­sity places and fund­ing.”

The com­mit­tee will, over the next few weeks, mon­i­tor the reg­is­tra­tion process at sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges.

Septem­ber said the com­mit­tee sup­ports the ef­forts of the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme Ad­min­is­tra­tor in en­sur­ing that stu­dents do not face the same prob­lems as in the past, such as late and failed ap­pli­ca­tions from qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents.

Mean­while, Grade 12 learn­ers, who passed ma­tric in 2018 but have not yet se­cured a place at a univer­sity or col­lege, have been urged to use the Cen­tral Ap­pli­ca­tions Clear­ing House (CACH) sys­tem.

CACH is the De­part­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing’s on­line ap­pli­ca­tion por­tal de­signed for Grade 12 stu­dents who are seek­ing ad­mis­sion to post-school ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (PSET).

The ser­vice as­sists prospect­ing stu­dents by shar­ing their ma­tric re­sults with pub­lic and pri­vate fur­ther and higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Train­ing (TVET) col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties, Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­i­ties (SETAS) and reg­is­tered pri­vate higher in­sti­tu­tions.

In­sti­tu­tions with open study places, tech­ni­cal train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, or ap­pren­tice­ship slots then make them avail­able to the most suitable ap­pli­cants on the CACH data­base.

The ser­vice opened on Fri­day fol­low­ing the re­lease of the 2018 ma­tric re­sults and will close on Fe­bru­ary 28 2019. All young peo­ple with the re­quired ma­tric qual­i­fi­ca­tions that are still seek­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for 2019 can ac­cess CACH’S easy-to-use web­site at www.cach. dhet.gov.za or call the toll-free num­ber 0800 356 635.

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