Hope for matrics needing alternative tertiary options

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"Covid-19 has forced many prospective students to re-think their approach to learning."
"Covid-19 has forced many prospective students to re-think their approach to learning."

Tens of thousands of Grade 12 learners will not have achieved admission to degree study for 2021. In addition, many who did obtain an endorsement for degree study, may still not obtain a place at public universities.

Of the matric class of 2020, 76,2% learners passed their final exams, from those learners 36,4% (210,820 students) receiving admission to degree studies and 26% (150,402 students) receiving Diploma passes. However, public universities are overwhelmed with applications for first-year places and are unable to meet the demand from prospective students. But this is not the end of the road.

There are numerous options available that will ensure a successful future and graduate entry into the workplace. Learners who have not obtained a Bachelor Degree pass can complete a Higher Certificate with registered private higher education institutions, this will then grant them access to further tertiary options, including degreed courses.

Read: One step forward, one step back: Covid-19 threatens an already fragile education system

Private higher education institutions registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) offer degrees that are equal in status to those offered by public universities.

Both public universities and private higher education institutions go through the same quality and registration processes, resulting in all degrees offered by the private higher education being recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority.

"Many people erroneously believe you may only pursue a degree and postgraduate studies up to doctoral level at a university. This is not correct. Now more than ever learners need to understand that there are other options available which offer equal quality and at cost comparable with the fees charged by the public university sector," says STADIO Higher Education Chief Academic Officer, Dr Divya Singh.

Covid-19 has forced many prospective students to re-think their approach to learning, with many opting for institutions that offer quality online learning platforms that will not be interrupted by possible further outbreaks of the coronavirus.

Submitted to Parent24 by Ogilvy.

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