Jostling for places to study

Pretoria News - - METRO - SAKHILE NDLAZI sakhile.ndlazi@inl.co.za

WITH MA­TRIC done and dusted, prospec­tive stu­dents are al­ready jostling for spots at uni­ver­sity.

Last week, as soon as the re­sults were out, they started to ar­rive at Unisa’s regis­tra­tion cen­tre in Sun­ny­side.

There the queues got longer by the day as stu­dents fi­nalised the regis­tra­tion process for 2020, armed with their National Se­nior Cer­tifi­cates.

Unisa spokesper­son Martin Ramot­shela said regis­tra­tion for the gi­ant uni­ver­sity was done on­line which meant those who phys­i­cally vis­ited the Unisa ser­vice cen­tres could be as­sisted to work on the self-help fa­cil­i­ties.

Regis­tra­tion opened on Jan­uary 3, and con­tin­ues un­til Jan­uary 24.

This is for any one who ap­plied and has re­ceived an offer from the uni­ver­sity, in­clud­ing re­turn­ing stu­dents, old ma­tric­u­lants as well as those who have just re­ceived their re­sults.

Prospec­tive stu­dents who did not ap­ply in ad­vance will have to wait for the next ap­pli­ca­tion win­dow to open.

Last year the first week of regis­tra­tion was in­ter­rupted when the SRC shut down cam­puses over the ex­clu­sion of new stu­dents (due to space con­straints) and ac­cred­i­ta­tion woes, among other com­plaints.

Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with stu­dent lead­ers, Unisa agreed to con­sider an ad­di­tional 25 000 stu­dents.

Early ris­ers like Kgaugelo Modise, who was ready and wait­ing at 6:30am on Thurs­day, said he came early to avoid a re­peat of last year.

The Mamelodi High ma­tric­u­lant said it was wor­ri­some not hav­ing a place to study and he wanted to be pre­pared. “All is done and now I just want to fo­cus on my ac­count­ing sci­ences de­gree,” he said.

Other prospec­tive stu­dents sat on the floor, while some lis­tened to mu­sic to pass time as they awaited their turns to be as­sisted.

Ac­cord­ing to Ramot­shela, ap­pli­cants may only reg­is­ter if they have re­ceived an offer of place­ment from Unisa and have ac­cepted the offer on­line.

“Unisa will as­sess the ap­pli­ca­tion, which in­cludes the points score sys­tem. You may be of­fered a space for se­mes­ter 1 of the 2020 aca­demic year based on the fol­low­ing: if you meet the aca­demic ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments for your qual­i­fi­ca­tion of choice, your min­i­mum aca­demic points score (APS) and the num­ber of places avail­able for the qual­i­fi­ca­tion for which you have ap­plied.”

He said ap­pli­cants may not au­to­mat­i­cally be ac­cepted to study through Unisa this year. Those who do not qual­ify for ad­mis­sion will get feed­back as soon as their ap­pli­ca­tions are pro­cessed, he said.

THOBILE MATHONSI African News Agency (ANA)

PROSPEC­TIVE stu­dents ar­rive at the UNISA regis­tra­tion cen­tre in Sun­ny­side to con­firm places for the 2020 aca­demic year.

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