University registrations continue with a few hiccups

By Drum Digital
13 January 2017

More than 8 000 students enrolled with the University of Johannesburg since the registration process began on Monday.

More than 8 000 students enrolled with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) since the registration process began on Monday.

Most of the first-time university students DRUM spoke to were excited about making it to tertiary level; while others were worried they might not have been accepted.

The University of Johannesburg says it has space for 10 500 students for the 2017 academic year.

Eighteen-year-old Simphiwe Pilane, who had received provincial acceptance and was placed on a waiting list to do a degree in Information Technology, was disappointed to find that he did not qualify because his grades did not meet the minimum requirements.

“I’m not happy because I have to study what I didn’t apply for and don’t like,” he says.

Simphiwe arrived for registration at UJ at 10 am and stood in the queue for six hours because the electronic registration system was down. This is despite Professor Kinta Burger, who is assisting with registration, saying everything was above board.

This week, undergraduate and post-graduate students registered, while other senior students who did not perform well the previous year will be writing supplementary exams.

Burger says in 2016, 50 000 students enrolled at UJ, 43 000 were undergraduates and 7000 were postgraduates.

Elsewhere, the University of Limpopo says it is only taking 4 970 students this year despite having a large number of registrations.

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