UKZN did not up AP scores

2011-01-15 00:00

THERE has been no adjustment to the minimum entry requirement at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

This is according to Nomonde Mbadi, UKZN’s executive director of corporate relations, who was responding to a Weekend Witness query following allegations made by the South African Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) that the university was pushing up their admission points (AP) score to make it impossible for applicants from townships and rural areas to gain access.

Revelations that several universities would be increasing their point-based system for the 2011 intake caused similar dissatisfaction among politicians and unionists last year.

They felt this was an onslaught against the poor.

ANC’s general secretary Gwede Mantashe had said the increased points was the surest way of excluding people since “it will be kids who go through model C schools who will meet the 30 points for a B.Com. degree”.

Among the point hikers is the University of the Free State which increased its AP score by two points from 28 in 2010.

To get into Rhodes University an AP score of 40 is needed, up five points from last year.

“The University of KwaZulu-Natal reiterates that there has been no adjustment to the minimum entry requirements which was approved by the university’s Senate and Council and published in the 2011 prospectus,” Mbadi said, adding that top achievers do enjoy preference.

• UKZN has received approximately 60 000 applications for the 8 500 spaces available in the first year undergraduate degree programmes.

• It does not have a general access point for all programmes.

• Only four programmes, including Bachelor of Education, require a 24 APS as minimum entrance criterion. The others are mostly higher.

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