Pretoria: Technical colleges offer free courses to lure pupils

2013-01-10 00:00

TECHNICAL colleges in Pretoria, hoping to enrol unsuccessful applicants at higher learning institutions that are already full for the year, are dishing out free courses and computer gadgets to entice new students to register with them.

Thousands of unsuccessful applicants at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) did not heed the call not to return to the institution’s campuses if they have been unsuccessful. Many were still languishing outside the gates, hoping to be let in.

The institution’s campuses in Pretoria, Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and Arcadia were closed to new applicants this morning, with security personnel only allowing staff and existing students onto the grounds.

The university has received 70 000 applications for first-year programmes, but can only accommodate 13 000 new students.

Some students who spoke to City Press said they had no choice but to seriously consider applying at colleges that have been distributing pamphlets to unsuccessful applicants outside campuses.

PC Training & Business College, Pretoria Technical College and DAM Technical College were dishing out pamphlets at TUT’s Soshanguve campus, hoping to tempt new students to enrol with them.

PC Training and Business College was offering tablet PCs worth R3 700 to new applicants, while Pretoria Technical College offered new applicants a chance to win a bursary for one of six courses.

But most students seemed unconvinced and determined to wait it out before resorting to what they called “last-choice” colleges. Many students said they had applied late because they thought their parents could not afford to send them to tertiary institutions.

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