Chaos, confusion during UJ’s late registration round

2012-01-09 14:13

Thousands of learners who flooded the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Bunting Road campus in Auckland Park, hoping to secure a place to study, will not be accepted.

The university opened its late application process today, and by this afternoon Marie Muller, the university’s registrar, estimated the number of applicants to be at 10 000. Only a fraction would be accepted, however.

“We have a very limited number of places left, we’re not taking all of them. Only 800 late applications will possibly be accepted,” she said.

According to the university’s website, the maximum first-year intake for 2012 would be 11 000 students.
Already, 17 000 of the 85 300 prospective first-year students who applied last year were conditionally accepted.

Outside UJ’s Bunting Road campus, confusion was rampant this morning.

“I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know which queue to stand in,” said a parent, Anna da Silva.
“We don’t know which queue is for what as there is not even an assistant,” said her daughter, Gabby, who was reapplying for a BCom accounting degree.

Earlier, a number of applicants had stormed the gate, forcing their way into the campus.

“It was chaos just now,” said former student Ayanda Sokhulu. “It’s like this every year,” she said, recounting her experience of the process in 2008.

However, parents and students braved the long lines and disorder with hopes of a better future.
“Our hope is that our child will get to study so they will work and live. When you’re educated you are set,” said Jabulani Mhlanga, whose child is applying for an LLB degree.

They left Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal at 2:30am this morning, while some applicants had spent the night at the university.

Regarding the university’s apparent lack of influx control measures, Muller said it students who did not heed the university’s advice to apply early caused the problem.

“UJ is not doing anything wrong. Students must learn to apply early, proactively,” she said.

According to Muller, a number of students were turned away and the university had already closed its gates by 1pm this afternoon. Late applications would be open until Wednesday afternoon.

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