Students flock to apply at UKZN after bachelors passes

2014-01-09 00:00

HUNDREDS of would-be students lined up in the blazing heat yesterday to apply for admission at UKZN following the release of their matric results.

An employee at the late admission station said that between 500 and 600 students came to apply to the university between 8 am and noon.

“There is always an influx of late applications after the matric results have been released. It happens every year. There is an air of excitement of coming to university as the pupils see they have a bachelors pass. What is very difficult is the fact that the university works on a point system, so having a bachelors pass does not necessarily mean they qualify for admission,” the employee, who asked not to be named, told The Witness.

Many matriculants wait for their results before applying to university, as they are not confident that they will pass well enough to make it. As soon as they know they qualify, they decide to apply.

Beryl Mngoma applied at Varsity College originally, but when she saw how well she passed she decided to apply at UKZN. “I’ve also applied for a bursary, which I hope will help with the fees. I want to study social science, government and business ethics.”

For another, who wished to remain unnamed, applying late was an upsetting affair. “I feel like a failure. I had applied to UKZN to study law, but my results were not good enough, so I did not get in. Now I’m applying for social science.”

Prospective students also went to the Durban University of Technology’s Midlands campus to try and apply for admission this year, but they did not receive help as there is no late application option for them.

“The only way to apply to DUT now is through the central applications office. Our online applications have been closed … and all our classes are full,” said an admissions employee at DUT.

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