University entry demand exceeds available spaces

2009-12-30 00:00

THE demand for entry to tertiary institutions far exceeds the number of places that are available at universities.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal alone has received over 52 000 applications for the 2010 academic year via the Central Applications Office (CAO), but said that fewer than 10 000 of these predominantly young hopefuls will be offered a place of study.

Baathile Poo, director of student academic administration at the university, said they have seen a 65% increase in the number of applications compared to figures received this time last year.

The CAO receives all first-time entries to tertiary institutions, and applications for next year closed on Thursday last week. Late applications can still be made for admission directly at the universities. Late applications for UKZN hopefuls can be made from January 4.

Popular programmes at UKZN are already full and cannot take late applications. They are: education; nursing; medicine; optometry; medical science; occupational therapy; pharmacy; communication pathology; physiotherapy; sport science and social work.

Social work is the most popular with over 13 000 entries, but the university can accept only 150 of these students. Education had over 10 000 applications, but only 450 places are on offer. Of the more than 6 000 candidates hoping to study nursing, only 50 places are available, while only 90 spots can be filled from the 4 000-plus applicants for pharmarcy.

He said applicants “can visit application offices on all campuses to check their status, collect material or determine if they can still make applications”.

Poo said this is a new service to eliminate time spent in queues.

• All late applications at UKZN will attract a R315 charge.

• If you submitted an application via the Central Admissions Office, but did not include UKZN as one of your choices, you will be charged R110 for changing your mind.

• All late applicants will be notified via SMS of the outcome of their applications, which is why valid cellphone numbers are important on your application forms.

• You will also be required to produce your ID document and either a Senior Certificate or your final grade 12 results.

• A university-wide application and information call centre will be operating from January 4 at 031 260 2212 to assist with inquiries relating to selection status and procedures for making late applications.

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