Unisa: KZN students cause backlogs

2009-01-11 00:00

LONG, chaotic queues and the extra burden of dealing with backlogs is how the head of marketing and communications has summed up the application process currently under way at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in KwaZulu-Natal.

The university introduced a new registration procedure for 2009 intended to make the process of registering about 250 000 applicants a little smoother.

Unisa’s director of communication, Gerard Grobler, said part of the new registration system encouraged first time applicants to first apply as early as last year, to avoid the last-minute rush.

He said this also gives Unisa a sense of how many candidates to anticipate for this year’s registration.

Tens of thousands were “enabled” by this process and

could be issued temporary student numbers to register, but the call seems to have fallen on deaf ears in KZN.

Head of marketing Ed Walsh said large volumes of people are still coming in to apply, creating extra backlogs. Latecomers must pay a higher registration fee.

Applicants have to physically visit Unisa offices and pay R300 for application fees as opposed to the R150 payable before the September deadline.

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