What to do if matric exams wrecked your varsity plans

2017-03-08 06:02

WITH the 2016 matric exams done and dusted, these young people are now entering a new phase of life.

There are thousands of young people who did not perform well enough to pursue the plans they had, and who need to figure out their next step sooner rather than later.

These young people, as well as those who received rejection letters from their universities of choice, should take heart from the fact that they do have other avenues to pursue, and that this bump in the road does not spell catastrophe.

“There are many reasons why a pupil’s application may be unsuccessful,” said Peter Kriel, general manager at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher-education provider.

He says that matriculants in this situation should identify the reasons why they were not accepted, then work on alternatives related to the reason for their application being declined. These include:

1.Marks being lower than the minimum required by an institution.

“Each university and private higher education provider set their own minimum criteria, and these requirements vary,” said Kriel.

It is key to ensure that the alternative you are considering is accredited and registered. Check online at www.saqa.org.za which is the SA Qualifications Authority’s website.

2. Not achieving a Bachelor Degree pass.

Few people are aware of the fact that a one-year higher certificate will still give one access to degree studies, says Kriel. He says that the SAQA website has a comprehensive list of available higher certificate courses.

3. Not having applied on time.

Many make this mistake but all is not lost.

Some institutions may still be accepting applications but it is imperative that they approach institutions as a matter of urgency to find out if they have any space left.

In conclusion, he says it is understandable that youngsters may be despondent in the face of sudden uncertainty.

“But if they are aware of the real, quality alternatives available to them, the picture is a lot less hopeless.”

- Supplied.

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