Late applicants may not get in - UJ

2011-01-11 15:27

Johannesburg - Many of the prospective students flocking to the University of Johannesburg may not get in at all, the institution said on Tuesday.

From Monday, thousands of people descended on the university, trying to secure a last minute spot in the first-year class of 2011.

UJ's registrar, Professor Marie Muller, said the flurry of late applications could be attributed to the greater number of National Senior Certificate holders in Gauteng that obtained university admission in the 2010 exams, compared to last year.

Muller said students were still queuing outside the university on Tuesday. Most were first-time applicants. Some had applied with their Grade 11 results in 2010, were rejected, but fared better in their matric exams and were trying to get in on the strength of those results.

Around two thirds of the late applicants may not be accepted, she said.

Limited space

Muller said even if these students complied with the minimum requirements for their chosen field, they may not necessarily get in.

"We have limited space," she said.

Those queuing outside the university's various campuses were handed application forms. At the Kingsway campus in Auckland Park, 100 late applicants were being allowed onto the campus at a time.

The university only had space for 13 000 first years and had already accepted 17 500 new students. Many of these had applied at other universities as well and may not register later this month, opting to go to another facility.

The late applicants would be told whether they would be accepted or not two days after applying.

UJ received 63 400 applications for first-year undergraduate studies in 2011, during the dedicated application period in 2010.

"The university's pre-selection is based on Grade 11 results and UJ conditionally admitted 17 500 applicants."

Muller said UJ may enrol 48 000 students in 2011. This figure included all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The University of Limpopo experienced a similar problem with about 7 500 potential applicants or "walk-ins" converging on the institution, said spokesperson Kgalema Mohuba.

"We are having multiple enquiries especially from those who did not apply…Unfortunately, we have already issued provisional acceptance letters last year for those who applied in time," he said.

Applications for the university's Turfloop campus closed at the end of October last year and at the Medunsa campus applications closed at the end of August 2010.

The University of the Witwatersrand was not experiencing the high volumes of late applicants.

Late applications more stringent

Head of the Wits enrolment centre Carol Crosley said there were about 200 students queuing at the institution, but many of these had applied last year, were rejected, and were trying their luck again.

While Wits allowed for late applications, the late applicant admission requirements were more stringent, she said.

There was room in the Wits education school and in specialist degree programmes such as drama, but the other programmes were largely full.

University of SA spokesperson Doreen Gough said between 100 and 200 students had turned up on campus to apply at the last minute, but had been told it was too late. The closing date for applications was October last year.

Spokesperson for the University of Cape Town, Pat Lucas, said the institution was not facing an influx of late applications.

The University of the Free State also did not face the same problem, said spokesperson Lacea Loader.

Muller said UJ offered both degrees and diplomas, which could be among the reasons it faced large volumes of late applications.

Johannesburg metro police warned motorists on Tuesday to avoid roads near UJ where thousands of late applicants were causing traffic congestion.

"It's heavy," said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

"Metro police have been deployed to Kingsway Road in Auckland Park to monitor the situation and assist with traffic as thousands of students have gone to the university early this morning (Tuesday)."

  • Innocentia - 2011-01-11 15:45

    why are they not opening the east rand campus so that all the students coming from the greater east of ekurhuleni dont have to come this side. please professor Muller and the minister of education Mr. Blade Nzimande consider re-opening that campus and stop saying there are fet

      Fighter2 - 2011-01-11 16:26

      Rather study at Rosebank College in Benoni

  • DeonL - 2011-01-11 15:51

    It sounds to me that late applicants are wasting theire time, rather work for a year, make money and apply again in mid 2011 for 2012, this is what most people do and did before.

      ntombzam - 2011-01-11 16:24

      Where will they find jobs if there's thousands more poeple with matric who dont work already?

      DeonL - 2011-01-11 16:43

      Ntombzam: Work as waiters / MLM businesses like Herbalife / Car washers / Janitors / Cleaners / Anything (legal) that brings in money. Farm workers is also a noble job.

      christopher.brunsdon - 2011-01-11 19:26

      Agree with DeonL. We just took on a someone who wants to study but she does not have the financial means. Its all about a good attitude ntombzam, as without it not even a pretty piece of degree paper is going to get you a job. - 2011-01-12 08:58

      @Ntombzam: That kind of thinking is very pessimistic. Some people are not working because they are lazy, some just not looking for jobs because they're thinking as you are now,some very fussy, wanting to be CEO's with only matric. I think DeonL raised a smart point.It's just one year and the pupils will return to varsity next year, if they're willing to take "humble" jobs if needs be.

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-01-11 15:56

    They should check the matric certificates for forgeries that will cut down on the number of applicants by at least half, then give them a written test to see who was condoned and who actually passed because they earned the pass... this will cut it down further leaving only a hundred students that are actually capable of undergoing tertiary education instead of every tom, dick, jane and skumbuzo trying to bluff their way into varsity even though they passed matric with the help of a cr@p education system and teacher marking pupils exams up to raise the stats?

      ntombzam - 2011-01-11 16:26

      Well in UJ regardless your matric certificate you write a test before being admitted anyway. I was a student there i know.

      ebdg3000 - 2011-01-11 17:23

      You don't need to forge Matric Certificates anymore - the standard is now so low that everybody gets them ...

  • Monde - 2011-01-11 16:07

    i hope this is a wake up call to our government? soon FET's will be full as well!

      Fighter2 - 2011-01-11 16:27

      All Higehr Education Private Colleges are still taking registrations Rosebank College, Boston, PC Training

  • Stylin - 2011-01-11 16:21

    They need to leran that it pays to be early!! maybe the student should take up a time management course in 2011.

      Lethabo Dube - 2011-01-11 19:17

      and you need to take up a course in spelling!! too quick to judge others and yet you have flaws of your own!!

      Homer - 2011-01-12 08:29

      Actually, this chaos is the result of the large number of prospective students who didnt think they could qualify for university acceptance and once the marks were increased, they realised that they were more intelligent than they had given themselves credit for. @ Lethabo, stop being a smart ass, this is not a spelling B, its a news forum. Stylings spelling error is clearly a typo.

  • SP1984 - 2011-01-11 16:48

    There is a very simple explanation behind the increase in the number of students registered for UJ. When a matric passmark drops from 50% to 30%, naturally there will be more people eligible for university. And an even simpler reason for why the healthcare is declining in this country is because Zuma would rather import 2000 Cuban doctors whilst giving away R1.1 BILLION of our hard-earned money instead of implementing the most logical and correct solution of using the money to make more places available to the South Africans who truly deserve to be doctors! The ANC may have a rich history of fighting for our freedom, but this is no longer a democracy, we are living in a capitalist society ruled by communists acting under the guise of socialism. Everyone has their opinions, these are mine, and I strongly believe politics accomplishes nothing, action solves everything. Screw BEE, Close the ANC and wake up to the reality that if we want something done, we can't ask a fat cat to do it.

      Mizer - 2011-01-11 17:05

      and your point is with regards to the topic above?

      Other Justin - 2011-01-11 17:57

      @Mizer - If you read his comment, you will notice that he is saying that instead of throwing R1.1 billion away on Cuba, we should use the money to increase capacity at our tertiary institutions. Also he is saying that by doing this, we might not need to import Cuban doctors, because we could train our own. It was pretty clear to me.......

      brian.dlamini - 2011-01-11 19:12

      2000 doctors r actually worth less than R 1.1b.. lets get smart please. just cos the high skl pass mark dropped doesn't mean entry scores have, they actually higher now. don't make it easy for blacks to see u an under educated white..

  • PAR - 2011-01-11 16:56

    If registration is closed and there is no more space why bother entertaining these monkeys that didn't get their act together. If their marks are substantially higher than in Grade 11 we know that Government have adjusted them and they will fail their first trimester anyway. This country desperately needs entrepreneurs.

      brian.dlamini - 2011-01-11 19:16

      Entrepreneurs are required i conquer..we the drivers of the economy nt doctors and accountants they have no place without us!

  • Heldkay - 2011-01-11 16:57

    What all of you do not know is that the Lesotho and Swazi governments are doing is giving all their students bursaries to go study in SA, 23000 matriculated in Lesotho with exemption and are fighting just for registration, then they can come claim the money, which never reaches the university nor does the individual go studying. That is why Free State is hard to get in, now it has flowed over to UJ..... SA is suurogate for all neighbouring countries which are actually a province of SA

      Mizer - 2011-01-11 17:08

      I concur with you a certain point SA is way too accomodative for its neighbouring brothers and sisters.Im black and dont remember many south africans being allowed freedom in these countries during the hard times.Why do we have to allow everyone here?

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-01-11 17:27

    What happened to Trades and Trade Schools, like Olifantsfontein? Do apprenticeships still exist? No, now everybody wants to go to Unavessity to be a clever.

  • Hendrik - 2011-01-11 17:39

    Lowering the pass rate and tampering with the matric marks, what else did they expect!

  • Johnny - 2011-01-12 07:58

    ....when is the government going to built more universities, schools, hospitals, houses..?? ....when will they wake up..??? ...they should know by this time that the blacks breeding statistics are very good...

      DeonL - 2011-01-12 08:39

      People should rely less on Government but have to look after themselves. This is the way to go in the new SA.

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