Queues stay long

2018-01-17 06:00
Potential students queuing at the Motheo TVET College in the hope of securing a spot to pursue their dreams. Photo: Teboho Setena

Potential students queuing at the Motheo TVET College in the hope of securing a spot to pursue their dreams. Photo: Teboho Setena

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Dozens of prospective students who want to register at tertiary institutions in Bloemfontein started queuing on 8 January.

They stood in long queues in the blistering sun, carrying the hope of securing a place to pursue their individual dreams.

Hopeful students have descended on Bloemfontein in an attempt to enrol at the University of the Free State (UFS), the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) and the Motheo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College.

The scene at the TVET campus in St Georges Street was mirrored at the Hillside View technical campus in Lebona Motsoeneng Street, Bloemanda.

The number of eager students exceed the Motheo College’s capacity for full-time and part-time students.

Most of those seeking to register were walk-in students who wanted to secure a place.

Thabiso Mofokeng, spokesperson of the Motheo College, says the college’s total intake is 5 154 – 1 612 full-time students and 3 542 part-time students.

By yesterday (16/01), the college had processed the applications of 992 full-time students and 895 part-time students.

According to Mofokeng, students that have already been accepted, had applied online and their documents need to be verified to finalised their application.

Dan Maritz, CUT spokesperson, says about 11 000 first-year applications were received by the closing date for late applications in 2017. applications and late applications in 2017.

While more than 3 000 students have been accepted so far, he says the available space at both Welkom and Bloemfontein campuses will accommodate at least 4 000 first-year students in this academic year.

CUT registration started on Monday (15/01) and will close on 24 January.

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