Students flood UKZN

2018-01-17 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedStudents in the scorching sun outside the main admission building at UKZN on Monday.

PHOTO: suppliedStudents in the scorching sun outside the main admission building at UKZN on Monday.

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AS hundreds of desperate students stood in snaking queues for hours to gain admission to tertiary institutions in the city on Monday, there are fears their hopes of studying here could be dashed.

A queue formed around the main admission building at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s campus in Scottsville.

UKZN spokesperson Sejal Desai said they had received 91 002 applications for the 8 776 spaces available in the first-year undergraduate academic programmes.

“The majority of the courses are now fully subscribed and closed for further applications,” said Desai.

The Durban University of Technology said it had received 92 464 applications for first-year-study in 2018.

The situation at the DUT is similar to UKZN with spokesperson for DUT Noxolo Memela saying they only have 7 500 spaces for its 2018 first-year-intake.

This, after Universities South Africa said last week that institutions around the country will not allow walk-in registrations for the 2018 academic year.

This followed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of free tertiary education to poor students and the working class from this year, and EFF leader Julius Malema calling for matriculants who passed in previous years and couldn’t afford university fees to report to academic institutions.

News24 reported that Malema wants all academically deserving students to be admitted freely to SA universities and FET colleges.

The prospective students on Monday said they were hoping to get into UKZN as they had failed to get placement at other universities in the country.

Some said they were at the campus to change their course choices after receiving their matric results on Friday.

Nduduzo Dubazane and Zothani Mhlangu stood in the queue from 6am until after 2pm. The two, from Impendle, want to do a Bachelor of Education degree.

“If we cannot go in today, we will come back early tomorrow. If the university is full then we will have to try another one,” said Mhlangu.

Dubazane said he had applied at the University of Zululand for the same course, but now feels it was too far away.

Nirika Manilall from Howick, who also stood in the long queue, said she wanted to change her course choice.

Desai said as a standard procedure, the university has a process in place to fill spaces that may be available in under-subscribed courses.

She said the most popular courses applied for by prospective students include Bachelor of Education, social work, science and nursing.

At the DUT Riverside campus, hundreds of prospective students and parents were left frustrated after they were turned away.

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