UJ closes late applications

2012-01-10 18:58

Cape Town - The University of Johannesburg on Tuesday notified prospective students that no more late applications would be accepted.

University staff handed out pamphlets notifying at least 3 000 people still at the entrance that the application process had closed.

Earlier on Tuesday a woman was killed and 22 other people were injured in a stampede caused by thousands of prospective students queuing outside the university's Bunting Road campus in Auckland Park.

The woman was the mother of a potential student.

Meanwhile, Free State University in Bloemfontein said it has necessary contingency plans in place to deal with any problems during the registration of first-year students.

The university added, however, that because of limited resources not all the students will be admitted.

  • KevinKing - 2012-01-10 19:11

    Black population: 1868 - 400,000 1948 - 8,500,000 1980 - 26,000,000 2001 - 40,000,000 With this exponential growth, its impossible to provide enough jobs, university courses etc. How many new schools and universities has the ANC built since 1994? What could R400m from the weekend buy. Plus we have a pass rate below 30%!!!

      Grant - 2012-01-10 20:13

      Kevin, We don't even know how many 'illegals' there are. Come eletion time Zuma and his mob will promise housing, jobs and education for the plebs and that will shut them up for another 4 years.

      The-Azanian - 2012-01-10 22:34

      how dare you?

  • Ntombothando Venge - 2012-01-10 19:32

    Universities should never have walk ins, there is a reason people should apply in time

      Grant - 2012-01-10 20:40

      @ Mr Venge, Pre 1994, ten universities for blacks were built. Since then none have been built. With the money that the ANC have wasted on arms deals, soccer WC, tenders, new cars etc at least a hundred new universities could have been built. The ANC has now got even more blood on their thieving hands. I will not be voting for them in 2014. Mind you...

  • Nurse - 2012-01-10 19:56

    When I was in high school a million years ago you had to apply for University early in your matric year or you lost out. You also had to have really good marks to even consider applying. And the matric pass rate was around 50% not 80%. A aggregates were not handed out like smarties. People didn't trample each other at the gates of a tertiary institution because only the best and brightest were allowed through those gates.

      Sean - 2012-01-10 20:35

      Just by the way ,the whole system is collapsing faster then you can IMAGINE !! I solemnly blame the ANC !!

      Nurse - 2012-01-10 20:40

      Get a life motshekgetsi. If you read my comment as intended, without that huge chip on your shoulder, you would understand what I meant. Standards in schools have dropped and there is a culture amongst ALL youth today that going to University is a right not a privilege. But it must be earned and that requires hard work - I suppose it's much easier to push and shove like animals. Why does everything on News24 have to be about Apartheid and race. GET A LIFE!

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-10 20:53

      @motshekgetsi. You sir are the only person leaving racist comments! "Pre 1994, ten universities for blacks were built. Since then none have been built." as quoted by Grant. The above comment outlines what we are talking about ! Its not about race, but delivery of needed services. Damn the man.

      ffaarg - 2012-01-10 22:32

      That is still the case. UJ offers Diploma courses. None of these applicants should have been applying for degree programs since those applications were closed. UJ is trying to make education available to all i.e. people who come from rural areas and lower income families. So thousands of people desperate to make themselves employable are applying for 800 spots and the desperation leads to tragedy.

  • Wesley - 2012-01-10 20:29

    Why can't like any normal person register the previous year approximate August,October. They do they same with the schools, January they start crying no place, but normal people register September the year before

      Wesley - 2012-01-10 20:33

      Also I was wondering, all the people in the video, did they have registration fees with them, (aprox R 3500 each) and do they have funds to study. Don't even ask if the once that need accomdation, do they have money

      ffaarg - 2012-01-10 22:37

      702 this morning had a good discussion on this topic. A professor from TUT called in to say that they have the same problem. Basically students can't apply in August and September because they simply don't have the money in many instances. They are left with no choice but to apply in January when they have the funds. It may be poor planning on the part of their families but it is a reality and it is especially understandable. These are poor people. They don't have the luxury of paying an application fee so far in advance. They also don't come from families where the parents have had the opportunity of getting tertiary study. So they don't have the knowledge within the family.

  • Morne - 2012-01-10 21:00

    By keeping the population uneducated those in power stay in power - it is repeated throughout history. I cannot express how sad it is for a parent to lose his or her life in a fight to give their child an education. It is the sick irony of power.

  • Robi - 2012-01-10 21:13

    The politicians are screwing us.Why always reactive than proactive. It seems as people have to die first before constructive planning come into place. This is irrational and Blade Nzimande must be fired. What he knows best is to plan about the infighting within ANC than to serve the public at large

  • Kulani-Ngobeni Gezani Manghena - 2012-01-10 22:36

    It has never happened since the merger of TWR and RAU to form University of Johannesburg, because prospective students used to do late applications in different campuses. The University management decided to centralize all processes of late applications that resulted to a death of a mother and cause several injuries to many people, particularly the african underprivileged youth. UJ APB is a very small campus to accommodate 10 000 people at the same time, it was going to be simple and better if all late applicant were done in faculties at different campuses. Most of the people that were standing on lines did not know that they were there for late applications, others were there because they passed metric well and they are accepted at UJ and others thought that it is a registration date, but because it was just one huge queue and a stampede at the gate, all of them were standing in one queue. I think that UJ wanted to pull a public stunt, which I believe it was a success, but a life of an african mother who wanted to ensure that her child get education is lost.

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