More places for matriculants - Blade

2011-01-10 16:20

Pretoria - There will be greater access to tertiary education institutions, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced in Pretoria on Monday.

Fifty-six percent more places were available at tertiary education institutions. A total of 288 487 spaces would be available to the 2010 matriculants, an increase of 103 940.

Of these approximately 165 000 were places for first-year students, an increase of 15 000 over the previous year.

The higher education and training department's deputy director general of planning and development Feroz Patel said the department expected that of these first-year positions, about 87 000 would be filled by the 2010 matriculants.

The announcement followed the increase in the number of matriculants who met the minimum requirements for admission to Bachelor degree studies to 126 371. In 2009 there were 109 697 who met the minimum requirements.

The number of spaces at Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges had also been increased by 60 000, with the department announcing there would be 139 587 places for students wishing to enrol.

Nzimande also elaborated on funding for final year undergraduate students announced by President Jacob Zuma on Saturday at the African National Congress's 99th anniversary celebrations in Polokwane.

Students who qualified for financial assistance from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) would see the loan portion of their final year studies converted to a bursary, which would not need to be repaid if they graduated.

"This will encourage final year students to focus on their studies. This model will be phased in over the next few years to include students in earlier years of studies," he said, adding that currently NSFAS covered on average only 40% of poor students' needs.

"We are calling on the students to work hard. This is not a free ride," he said.

Nzimande said the department wanted to encourage matriculants to consider other forms of education, especially in sectors where there was a shortage of skills.

"We need artisans. We are also incentivising attendance at colleges."

Students in FET colleges who qualified for financial aid would be exempted completely from paying academic fees in 2011.

He said the department had been working on expanding capacity at FET colleges across the country, as well as improving the quality of education.

Nzimande said many pupils received very poor career guidance before they had to decide what to study, which contributed to the high drop-out rate at tertiary institutions.

The department had entered into an agreement with the national broadcaster to provide advice and information on career choices available to pupils.

Information on careers can be obtained from, or by calling the career advice helpline on 0860 111 673.

Information on students receiving financial assistance from the NSFAS could be obtained by visiting

  • Dr Filemon - 2011-01-10 15:40

    What have the tertiary education institutes done to create so many new places? Have the previous years' matrics who passed with the 30% mark all dropped out? This sounds like a crock of bulldust

      Observer - 2011-01-10 15:46

      Agreed...there has to be sufficient space in lecture theatres, sufficient lecturers to lecture all the new pupils. One wonders if Blade understands the situation. Just because you say it is, doesn't mean it will be! Just ask JZ - he can tell you from 1st hand experience with his 500 000 (or was it more?) jobs statement.

      Mamlaskobo - 2011-01-11 13:04

      I'm also puzzled by the numbers.I'm in a newly merged institution and know that we've been battling with advertising of posts for academics because there isn't funding and government hasn't increased it's funding towards this. So how this is going to work out is a mystery.

      lean - 2011-01-11 15:31

      It is election time remember...promises promises ... The low IQ lot will never try to analyze it like you do, they just believe what ANC says...

  • DeonL - 2011-01-10 15:43

    I hope only those with pass rate of 55% or more go to University, the others will be a waste of Tax payers and there own time and money. I know of matrics with an A agregate that failed theire first year and dropped out.

      Jay - 2011-01-10 16:27

      55% should not be enough to get into Varsity.......hell man if you want the honour of getting a degree then you should earn that right. 70% and up should be the only ones getting in. end of story.

      Byron - 2011-01-10 17:12

      @ Jay,My avarage in matric was 60%, went to University, found my calling and did great. My buddy who did much better then I did in matric aslo went to Varsity with me but soon dropped out because it just wasn't meant for him. You should note the in school, a child may be very immature and ignorant, which attributes to having a low mark. However that does not mean that he does not have the necessary intellectual capacity, drive and focus to further his education at a University level, because it is a place where you grow as a person and developes your intellect, way of thinking and perspective on life much more then any or most schools are able to do.

      jvandm - 2011-01-12 09:27

      @Byron, then what other measure can there be to decide who gets to go to university and who doesn't? I also know of Dux learners of very good schools who didn't make it at university, while other average learners did very well. However, you shouldn't let the exception determine the rule. Just like the concept of democracy, the rule isn't perfect, but it works for the majority.

  • 1gascan - 2011-01-10 15:49

    So, we slowly drag the tertiary institutions down towards the same level as the government schools - overcrowding and a questionable pass-rate...

  • - 2011-01-10 15:50

    The above article is a lot of rubbish. He doesnt know what he is talking about. My youngest Daughter has just passed Matric with a B aggregate, and therefor should be able to go straight to University. She applied to UCT to do a BCom Accounting.Today we have found out that she has not been accepted. Here's part of the problem.We had a medical certificate booking her off all exams as she was quite sick. She said that she would write the exams as supplementary exams are only written in Feb/March with results coming out much later, this when tertiary institutions start at the beginning of Feb.Full waste of a year, to try and get a B+ or A aggregate to get into UCT.

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-01-10 17:18

      How on earth can she have passed Matric with a "B-Aggregate" if she hasn't actually written any exams? I'm not surprised that refused her entry....even in something as easy to get into as BCom Accounting. Stop being irrational Pelican...this isn't a reflection on UCT, it's a reflection on the situation your daughter has unfortunately found herself in. Expecting UCT to let her in without having actually passed any of the national exams is just silly.

      johnbradfield27 - 2011-01-10 18:37

      Pelican, let me guess: your daughter is the wrong colour?

      Pearl Pillay - 2011-01-10 21:20

      John, it's hardly about colour. Pelican can't expect her daughter to get into UCT if she doesn't meet their criteria. How can they accept her when she didn't write finals? After she writes the Supp Exams, then only will she be eligable to attend any university. Let's not make this about colour, fact is fact.

      AJ - 2011-01-11 13:10

      @pelican, I agree with the others, she will have to delay varsity for a year, however that gives her an extra year now to put to good use whilst she writes supplementary exams..

  • stephanjvv - 2011-01-10 15:50

    And how is this an achievement of the government exactly?

      James - 2011-01-10 16:14

      Today's pass rate is worse than the former DET (dont ever teach them) and it's a pass one pass all. Only formerly white owned school in towns still receive really proper education. Fortunately its where the gravy train riders send their children. Today's matriculants are worse than ABET graduates because they hardly solve a problem with their poor quality of training. The South African work performance is going down the drain that's why we still complain about skill shortages when we have a university at every town and a high school at every 5km radius in each community. The more educational institutes we have the worse the quality of education. Our President never entered high school yet his English and political proficiency is better than so called doctors in political science. Voestek, today's Education

  • themantshepo - 2011-01-10 15:51

    good stuff Blade, if you want votes and want to stay in power then those are the kind of things we want to hear.... as long as you say the right things you will stay in power.

      unproud - 2011-01-10 18:08

      Well said........ only "say" the right things, but nothing further than that. In other words nothing gets done ...... duh!!

      Boerseun - 2011-01-10 18:32

      Blade can speak his brand of vitriol as much as he likes, but in the end we will just see the dropout figure of blacks rising again. No-one should get to study if he did not get the proper grades and with that I do not mean "African style" proper, but grades that can be recognised internationally. It is time people wake up and realize that countries such as India, Pakistan and the Philipines are doing the right things and they are pushing South Africans out the market all the time. The large international businesses have realized that something is wrong with the latest crops from RSA, so for now it just a lot of middle aged Saffers you find all over the world. if peop,e are not good enough for the international market, by default they should not be good enough for the South African market.

      lean - 2011-01-11 15:45

      Yes themantshepo some people never grow up, they just get bigger...

      African'shtr - 2011-01-12 15:38

      Umnqundwakho themantshepo

  • scorpio - 2011-01-10 16:47

    What is the point of all this studying if most of the students can't get work. Many of the students who serve in restaurants have degrees but can't get work.

      Nico - 2011-01-10 17:31

      They don't get work as businesses screen any new candidates that comes for an interview to see what quality they have. I know as I am one of those who screen people. I can tell you this that not many pass the test(s). Still don't know how the passed their exams.......? Anybody up for the last question?

  • ant 1 - 2011-01-10 16:48

    Here we go again!!!!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-01-10 17:15

    I reckon each tertiary institution must have its own Acceptance Examination. All those who applied must sit for the exam and only those who pass on a level 80% and higher, should be accepted.

      jvandm - 2011-01-12 09:39

      I thought they already did... Stellenbosch certainly has, and I'm pretty sure UCT too. Too many students who qualified for university entrance dropped out again, so now they just don't trust the results of the school system anymore. Applicants therefore have to write a series of entrance exams the year before they want to come study. Perhaps that is why I haven't seen these 5 km long Q's for late applicants in Stellenbosch yet. Students who have to drop out because they shouldn't have been there in the first place don't only waste time and money, but they also leave with huge emotional damage and sense of failure and crushed dreams that affects them for years to come - it's just not fair to the student.

  • Aj - 2011-01-10 17:17

    1st of all study... it's worth it.. by the time you reach your M degree or Ph.d you will have a job for cert. and a high paying 1. cept like.. education. 2nd the tertiary institutions get 'funding from the gov' but... they only get funding per student if and when the student graduates with any type of 'degree' if u quit halfway.. they lose money.. so if you have a chance to study what you love... do it... and keep on studying to M or Ph.d It's worth it.

  • I'm thinkin - 2011-01-10 17:23

    Quite simple really. Over the past few years the varsities have been forced to accept black students ahead of white students even if their marks were worse. Obviously the number of "limited" black students that pass 1st year and proceed to 2nd is very small. The number of students in 2nd year onwards is therefore small and places the varsity under finalcial strain so they increase their initial intake.

  • Zinki - 2011-01-10 17:32

    A lot of these kids will not make the first year of varsity. It's a hell of a shock to some of them from their bad schooling. The drop out rate will be extremely high this year.

  • kylespobox - 2011-01-10 17:33


  • pat.pugheparry - 2011-01-10 17:36

    It is time that we faced reality. The country should be focusing far more on creating apprenticeships that will enable people to do an honest day's work instead of obtaining a degree (or more likely dropping out) that will still leave them unemployable. We need nurses, lab workers, bookkeepers,plumbers, electricians, artisans, IT technicians, farmers etc who have been properly trained, have a good solid worth ethic and have marketable skills.

      wardle2066 - 2011-01-10 20:14

      Pat - 100% spot on

      thabotabz - 2011-01-11 15:57

      pat.pugheparry you are dead ryt. The country needs to concentrate and propose career development models that aims at complimenting the theory gained from universities so to prepare them for the cooperate world. I think we all know that the government did allocate a budget for this kind of programes. It is this lame executives whom then only needed a diploma or have a relative in the company that are too selfish to practice effective knowledge transfer to the younger generation, all in the name of job security. What the hell will a fucking 55 yr old male need to secure the job, the guys have 20+ yrs experience. The structure is bad, it has stage to be competitive. To think of it the is no funking way that an individual (irrespective of the fency brains) can substitute a personnel with 20 yrs experience.

  • BlackSwan - 2011-01-10 17:37

    The maths don't add up - but what the hell, sure Blade passed with flying colours at some stage. JZ was referred to as "Dr Z" during yesterday's cricket commentary - did he get a PhD from an Indian university?

  • Reinier - 2011-01-10 19:21

    Eish , We demand office jobs with computa and cellphone to speak on face book to be heard. Artisan/Boer/Nurse sounds like work.

  • ArtGee - 2011-01-10 19:28

    They cetainly know how to make EVERY THING look so GOOD... As if they are just so BLOODY WONDERFUL!!! Then when the year end result appear... they put it down to BLATANT LAZINESS.... We believe you Blunt... Millions wouldn't!

      maseratifitt - 2011-01-10 20:12

      ArtGee: Are you suggesting the Blade is Blunt? I am also a bit confused, because on the 19h00 news it was said that there are not enough spaces for 2010 matriculants at tertiary institutions.

  • wardle2066 - 2011-01-10 20:12

    Ja- call him Blade because Stooopid was too difficult to spell. So what if we train more artisans? So what we graduate more kids - without wek, they are qualified unemployed as opposed to unskilled unemployed. Career guidance - so the ou wants to be - lets say, a bob sled builder - hows that going to help? The DUT graduates textile technologists every year, But - due to our new found rape - oops - business relationship with imperialist China, the industry has collapsed. To get that qualification you need a Matric with maths and science. So, even though that kid had done good - the kid may not get a good job. Then again - asking students to work hard is also quite funny - considering half of parliament dont rock up, teachers would rather strike, the ANCYL would rather pee it up at festivals, and government fraudsters have proven its more lucrative to be corrupt than to work - not so Jacky Selebi........

  • Pearl Pillay - 2011-01-10 21:17

    "Students in FET colleges who qualified for financial aid would be exempted completely from paying academic fees in 2011." What about those of us who chose to continue with secondary education, i.e. those of us who stayed in high school. Waving fees is a great idea, yes, but I feel it's rather unfair to those who chose to continue their schooling. FET colleges are meant to equip students will necessary skills needed to obtain jobs. Surely if they had intentions of attending university, they would have stayed in high school. Disappointing.

  • - 2011-01-11 08:26

    TO Crispy and Pearl You missed the picture, she did write the exams, sick and all and got a B aggregate. But too pale for admission

      123online123 - 2011-01-11 11:56

      "Here's part of the problem.We had a medical certificate booking her off all exams as she was quite sick. " So now did she write the exams or not? Sjoe.

  • lgmatizi - 2011-01-11 09:23

    Where are the vocational colleges - especially agriculture, if some day we need energetic young farmers? When is South Africa going to learn from Zimbabwe, where each sector of the economy is supported by vocational or tertiary education? I feel wounded in my heart to see hungry kids queuing for a degree place like this when other avenues can be created for them. I hope authorities need to re-look at this as A MATTER OF URGENCY. I went through the technical route myself but today I am completing my PhD.

  • boepensmanvangraan - 2011-01-11 11:59

    Confucius says: When Black Man doesn't pass university because he got 30% for matric it must be because white man made Apartheid

  • - 2011-01-11 13:50

    TO 123ONLINE123 I will spell it out for you. Point nr 1 She was booked off for all her exams, ie and at one stage didnt open a book for a week. Point nr 2 as mentioned, universities go back at the beginning of Feb. Supplementary exams only take place end of Feb/March, so the results come out too late for University acceptance for 2011 Point nr 3 So my daughter decided to hell with it, and gave it a bash as she had nothing to lose and wrote her exams, and got a B Aggregate marks wise. Then told not good enough for UCT. I am gonna fight this one, tooth and nail

      jvandm - 2011-01-12 10:02

      I had the same problem when I was still studying at University. I was quite ill, had a medical certificate and everything and decided to write the exam anyway, because the supplementary exam was only two weeks later and the doctor told me I wouldn't be much better then. I passed everything except the last module, of which I only needed 2% more to pass. I went to the lecturer with my medical certificate, and he told me: "I'm sorry you were so ill, but you need 50% to pass". My point is, you probably need a higher mark to get one of the spots for the course at UCT, and it's really sad, but that's life. She should go write the supplementary exams and try again next year.

  • Meikie Isabel - 2011-01-11 14:03

    I would really like to know, did the tertiary institutes hire more lecturers or what?

  • Pete OJ - 2011-01-11 19:25

    And in the meantime, funding has been cut to the very same tertiary institutions; that is those who have not been closed down or merged in the insightful move of the very same government some years ago. Seems like the right hand is in the cookie jar and the left one is picking wisdom from the Honary Minister's ample nostrils and the one has no cooking clue what the other is doing!

  • jvandm - 2011-01-12 10:06

    I REALLY hope all these matrics get a spot at a university and graduate, because do you know what happens to ANC supporters when they graduate? They see the ANC for what they really are and stop voting for them!! I hope SCORES of matrics in the coming years will get into university and graduate...

  • denver.breda - 2011-01-12 11:43

    Access to higher educations should undoubtedly favour the working class majority of this country and not just the white and middle class minorities.Good on you Blade! Education and quality of education has never been equal at least this is a step in the right direction!

  • Stryder - 2011-01-12 11:55

    For a government that cares so much for the students I dont see any new universities, colleges ect being built? But they enjoy the ride on the back of the apartheid regime who has built all these institutions! Why not put roofs over the stadiums and change it into universities. Lot better than the trees they were sitting under for the past year! Values, values,values.

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  • Mikea - 2011-01-12 13:46

    Dream on. with the current pass rate of 30%, what a joke. What's the chance of a White person getting a chance. It doesn't help to get a Degree in this country especially if you are White. These are the facts. Ask my Nephew.

  • Allieo - 2011-01-12 19:38

    Blade you can wag the dogs tale all you like, but one day these kids you are "helping" will "graduate" with the equivalent education of a Pre-94 Stand 6. So I hope by the time your class of 2010 "graduate" you will have 288 487 jobs ready to be filled by clueless people. Oh!! Wait, they can all come and work for you in government !!!!!

  • Draconus - 2011-01-13 07:01

    There has to be a fundamental change in the way people think. Too much focus is put on an academic career and not enough on vocational education. Its time that learners are channelled into careers from Grade 8 ranging from technical through to academic. Its also time that trades are made attractive again and they should be well remunerated. The problem is everyone wants a nice high paid office job where they can sit on their asses hence all the useless degrees. Whats the point of having a degree and you cannot apply theory into practice. At least vocational qualifications give people an opportunity to become economically active in their own business and potentially employ people. What do our kids learn in schools today - definately not what the economy is, how to apply for bank accounts, tax nada. No a total overhaul of the schooling system is needed and the skewed way we look at it.

  • Pleb - 2011-01-13 09:12

    Oh these imbeciles are so dumb and out of touch with reality - arrogant dumb and lazy and getting worse as each year passes

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