Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Admission closed at UJ after Tuesday tragedy

A South African nurse who flew from London to assist her son who wanted to study medicine at UJ was killed and 2 people were seriously injured while learners were queuing at UJ on Tuesday, January 10.
As a result, UJ will not accept anymore new registration this year. It is a pity for all the learners who did a very good matric and did not have any chance to reapply.
 For the second consecutive years, UJ has badly organized new registration, allowing everybody to apply (even those with poor matric results) while they were only 800 places available. On Monday, 5000 had already registered for last minute places. About 6000 were still queuing outside on Tuesday when admissions were closed...Too bad for those who had very good matric results and were not given a chance to apply !

There was a lack of planning at UJ. While applications for all campuses were processed at Bunting Road, there were insufficient staff and resources to ensure the registrations ran smoothly.  There were not enough security guards and marshals. And not enough information provided to applicants about the courses for which they could still apply before arriving at the registration tent.

A UJ team has been invited to address our 2012 Grade 10 to 12 learners from Alex, attending extra tuition at St Mary, on Feb 15.

According to University of Johannesburg (UJ) spokesman Herman Esterhuizen said, more than 180.000 high school graduates are expected to be turned away from the 9 South African universities. Only at UJ, 74 000 students fail to get a place (UJ received 85,000 applications for 2012 but can only take 11,000 students).
On Jan 10, Tshwane University of Technology and University of Pretoria had still a few available places…but there were also long queues.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is thinking to put in place a centralized admission system and not allow late registration, to avoid such chaos in 2013. He explained that the high numbers of university applicants were due to negative perceptions about FET colleges.

There are still 50,000 places left at FET colleges where the department is offering R1-billion rand in bursaries and scholarships to poor students (even financial help for accomodation and transport !)

Here is a quotation from an article, published in the Mail and Guardian on March 04, 2011

Matshidiso Munyai from Venda is studying for a national diploma in accounting at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). "When I say I'm from a university back home people tend to respect you and the village takes pride in you," she said. "We like the status of university". But I have a friend at Vhembe College [an FET college in Limpopo] who is doing a certificate in accounting and she seems to be studying the same chapters [of her textbook] as I do in one of my subjects"
There is also a negative perception about artisan jobs (electrician, plumbers , etc) despite the fact that it is much easier to find a job (there is a shortage of 40 000 artisans), to start your own company and to get a good income.
"FET colleges trained artisans had "highly specialized skills that require a strong knowledge of maths and science".

Others options for those who did not get admission at University (see other posts on this blog) include:

- do again your Matric to improve your results;

- studying at Unisa (distance learning) while working to fund your studies ;

-registering for learnerships through the Seta system,

-participating in the National Skills Fund [NSF] programmers,

-joining the South African National Defence Force as part of its military development programme, -participating in the expanded public works programme

- taking a gap year before deciding on what to do next."

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