Council welcomes applications plan

2012-01-13 19:41

Pretoria - The Council on Higher Education has welcomed government plans to establish a central applications system to facilitate the admissions process in higher education institutions.

"In the council's view, this is long overdue," the board's CEO Ahmed Essop said on Friday.

He said the council recognised higher education institutions' concerns about the potential erosion of institutional autonomy if the programme was not properly managed, and the practical complexities of establishing a central applications system.

"We believe that the sector's concerns can be addressed," he said.

The council also welcomed the announcement by Higher Education SA that it would examine its members' experience to ensure there was not another stampede like that at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) this week.

Gloria Sekwena, 47, was killed and at least 20 people were injured in a crush at the university's Bunting Road campus. She had been accompanying her son Kgositsile to see him through the applications process.

Another woman, Kedibone Molete, who was critically injured, was said to be in a stable condition at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-13 19:57

    Government officials more often than not exhibit idiocy in their thinking. Centralising the application system will make things more difficult for prospective students and create new avenues for corruption. Universities should continue to admit students independently but no late applications should be allowed. Students must only submit their results at different dates as determined by Universities. The universities can even get the results directly from the Department of Education, thus avoiding stampedes. Students will then only come for registration and orientation purposes.

      John - 2012-01-13 20:05

      seeing that the Anc SA government turns everything they touch into SCRAP, it will just be another non delivery... In today's newspapers: the total tertiary capacity in SA is 180 000 1 year students. Total matriculants for 2011: 340 000 plus. What will a central application system do? Nothing. And then, fill the good universities with the children of the ANC wabenzis communist dictators.

      Robi - 2012-01-13 20:07

      You are spot on Vegi.

      Aubrey - 2012-01-13 20:36

      What we do need is a countrywide matric exemption chart vs available universities. this will show shortages in tertiary schools. Furthermore it is a fact that certain universities are better than others in a certain discipline, so students in a certain disciplne will favour university "A" to "B"

      Cracker - 2012-01-13 20:39

      100% correct, Vegi.

      bernpm - 2012-01-13 22:19

      "We believe that the sector's concerns can be addressed," he said. Translated from political speak to normal speak: "we do not think it is going to work as presented..." ".....that it would examine its members' experience to ensure there was not another stampede...." Translated: "we cannot see that crowds will disappear but we will check if this can be better controlled..." Centralise chaos and you just move distributed chaos to a centralised spot.

  • Robi - 2012-01-13 20:07

    Peep! peep!loudspeaker, open the way minister of higher education to pass. One motorist, 'where is he going?'. The passenger, "it is his lunch time.

  • Ernest Ndaka - 2012-01-13 20:14

    yes i welcome CAO i saw personally how useful it is here in KZN one application single fee for number of institutions that's great ..

  • H?go_Kr?ger - 2012-01-13 20:23

    This is retarded be all means, a central point of administration cannot divide everyone freely and equally, where does individual freedom and institutional automony go here?

  • Comrade - 2012-01-13 20:27

    Wasnt that one of the 10000000 things you were told to do in the first place - that you idiots decided to NOT DO - because you ALWAYS KNOW BETTER - ASS WIPE*S

  • Cracker - 2012-01-13 20:38

    Perhaps support the plan and see if it is not just another knee-jerk reaction and a creation of jobs and the building of an empire. Not to ignore the possibility to centralize for the sake of centralization. Communists just like the idea. Anyway, we'll see how the empire's growing tentacles feed themselves in two or three years.

  • Francois - 2012-01-13 20:44

    Just another way for the anc idiots to control the universities in SA

  • Wesley - 2012-01-13 20:52

    That will also not work. The problem there is a date universities start. The idots will still to number 99 to register. There will still be ques, just at another place

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-13 20:57

    It looks like you smart South Africans don't know the difference between APPLICATION and ADMISSION. KZN has central applications but the different insitutions decide for themselves if the admit you or reject your application. Just google CAO

  • Simon - 2012-01-13 21:06

    well truth is you cant really take away late applications bcoz not every1 that applies on tym will qualify 2 study wat they wish to....thus giving sum1 else dat qualified da opportunity ...simple as dat

  • Anthony - 2012-01-13 21:19

    Once the government gets involved in registering varsity students, its bound to degenerate into a far bigger cockup

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