University admission is no guarantee

By Drum Digital
07 January 2015

Matriculants that have qualified for entry into university may not be all be admitted.

Business Day reports that universities will not be able to accommodate all the applicants that seek admission into their institutions.

The University of Johannesburg has received 111 200 applications but will only be able to admit 10 500 while Wits University will only be able to accept 6 225 of the 51 000 applications that they have received.

Khaye Nkwanyana, Department of Higher Education and Training spokesperson says there is a need for Universities to come to each others' rescue to assist with the influx.

"For example, if UJ says that applicants to their institution outstrip spaces to accommodate them, we encourage neighboring institutions that can assist to collaborate with them," says Nkwanyana, as quoted by Business Day.

On the other hand, admission could also be inhibited by lack of funding.

According to Nkwanyana, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has not garnered much support from the corporate sector and it seems as if there will not be an expansion in the funding due to national budget constraints.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nizimande, has also been quoted saying, "we won't be able to cover everyone."

But students who slack once they have received funding will be blocked from receiving any more financial aid.

"Some students qualify and don't end up getting their degrees and end up not being committed. The scheme will now ensure if students get aid and overstay their welcome at campuses, we well decline them and give it to someone more deserving," says Nkwanyana.

In the long run, the admission process is hoped to be alleviated by the opening of the Sol Plaatjie University in Kimberley and the University of Mbombela in Mpumalanga.

"Given the numbers these universities will be accepting in the long term, they will lessen the pressure significantly," says Nkwanyana.

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