No more space for local tertiary walk-ins

PHOTO: omega moagi Catching up after registration, returning students Phumelela Mthembu, Minenhle Hlophe and Zenzo Mncwabe.
PHOTO: omega moagi Catching up after registration, returning students Phumelela Mthembu, Minenhle Hlophe and Zenzo Mncwabe.

THE issue of tertiary walk-ins has been a national quandary for years and while in 2018 South African universities initially vowed not accept walk-ins, in the end they gave in to political pressures soliciting the opposite.

This year as in other years resulted in countrywide stampedes endangering students lives in addition to the fortuitous administrative hassles on institutions.

Local Esayidi Tvet colleges were not exempt from the experience as student hopefuls flocked to their campuses all over the South Coast.

The Oslo Beach campus reportedly had a waiting list of over 200 students this week. Campus manager Chris van Rensburg said the college received their maximum intake numbers straight from the Department of Higher Education and each year the school prioritised returning students before taking in new applicants.

He said entrance tests for new applicants were done last year already and these were the students that were prioritised during registrations this year.

“For engineering studies for example we took in 60 new students during this registration. We have three registrations for the faculty yearly and whoever else is on the waiting list can get to register during the next two registration periods.

Business studies has two registration periods, while the NCV course only has one,” said Van Rensburg.

He said Tvet colleges were at an advantage to other tertiary institutions because their courses were shorter and hence the rotation quicker.

“We have found that more and more students are opting for Tvet colleges because they are able to get a good qualification at a shorter period of time. Also, locally engineering students especially, are able to get employed from local dealerships and consulting companies straight after graduation,” said

“We are, however, in a bit of a Catch 22 because even though we would like to accommodate all the students we unfortunately can’t, and at this stage we can only place all the remaining students on the waiting list for the next term.

At the start of a new year Van Rensburg wished all his students success with their studies.

“Of all the 11 years I have been here we have never really had any major issues with students, most of our students are disciplined and dedicated to their academics.

“Most of this is attributed to the brilliant staff we have on campus as well as the students themselves.

“We hope that the new students will follow suit and uphold the college’s good standards,” said Van Rensburg.

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