Unizulu first year students to register online

ALL first year students at the University of Zululand will this year register for their courses online.

The institution said this is being done to make the registration process more efficient.

Registration will commence on Monday in all science and agriculture programmes at the KwaDlangezwa main campus, and diploma in hospitality and management diploma in sport and exercise technology at the Richards Bay campus.

The process will end next Friday with all faculties and study programmes at both campuses.

Last week the university also announced that it will not accept any walk-in applications.

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‘The University of Zululand has a limited number of 3 900 spaces available for first-time students and has already issued offers to fill these spaces.

‘We will not accept walk-in candidates as per the instruction of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). All applicants must have applied through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

‘Additional spaces for study will only become available should a student refuse to take up an offer to study,’ Unizulu said.

Last week Minister of Higher Education and Training, Hlengiwe Mkhize, said students who have not applied at any institution or NSFAS and are looking for a space in the post-school system, will be assisted through the CACH website which opened on 5 January and closes on 28 February.

Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for calm as tensions rise over registration following President Jacob Zuma’s announcement in December of free education for the poor and working class.

‘The Commission has observed increasing tensions among several stakeholders in light of the current registration processes underway. It must be noted that the decision on free higher education does not increase the number of spaces that each institution of higher learning can afford to avail to students.

‘Those institutions should therefore not be compelled, directly or indirectly, to admit more students than the number of learning spaces that each of them can make available to students.

‘Overcrowding and stretching resources available at these institutions can have a negative impact on the very right of access to higher education that the country is trying to give poor students access to,’ SAHRC said.

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