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Most universities are already full

Most universities are already full

Following the #FeesMustFall protests last year, deferred exams have resulted in several universities having to delay the start of some of their academic years.

Several universities have reported that they are already at capacity, regardless of the influx of new matriculants.

At the University of Cape Town, deferred exams are scheduled to take place between January 23 and February 10.

Space is available for 4 200 first-year students.

UCT spokesperson Azwi Mufamadi told the City Press; Deferred exams will not affect the intake of first-year students. We have met our offer targets and will only know the uptake rate after registration in mid-March.

“UCT does not accept walk-in applications,” he said. Classes have been significantly delayed and will only begin on March 13.

UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said “The university is working with the list of provisionally accepted applicants. The application deadline closed in October and no further applications will be accepted.”

Classes will now begin on February 27, two weeks later than usual.

University of Fort Hare spokesperson Lizo Phiti said 5 542 spaces were open to first-year students, but “that number has already been exhausted, subject to outstanding matric results”.

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has space for 15 000 first-year students.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said “Although many courses are already full, the university’s online application enquiry system offers prospective students another opportunity to apply for the 2017 academic year.

“The system will open on Monday and will be available until all courses are full,” she said.

“Re-examinations have been scheduled to take place from January 9 to 13,” she said.

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) spokesperson Buhle Zuma said 6 200 first-year places were available.

All exams were written last year.

No late applications will be allowed.

Lectures start on February 6.

At Rhodes University, 6 500 spaces were available for first-year students.

Spokesperson Zandile Mbabela said “Students could choose to write their exams either in November/December or between January 9 and 24.

"The bulk of them wrote and completed their exams in the first exam session, with the rest scheduled to start writing on Monday,” she said.

University of Johannesburg (UJ) spokesperson Herman Esterhuizen said the university planned to accept 10 500 first year students.

"However, enquiries related to late applications for programmes that may have additional capacity for enrollment can be submitted online via the late enquiry link [a mobile site] on the UJ website from Monday.”

Walter Sisulu University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo said 7 500 spaces were available for first-year students, the publication reports.

“We still have spaces in our accounting and science programmes, although these are limited. We do not take walk-ins.

"We encourage learners to apply through the department of higher education and training’s Central Application Clearing House, which is geared to assist all late applicants.”

University of Zululand spokesperson Gcinekile Nhleko said the university had received 80 000 applications for 5 000 places.

“Registration takes place from January 16 to 20 for first-year students.

“Only then will we be able to identify spaces, because all courses are full.”

Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said the university had space for 5 000 first-year students and that all their exams were completed last year.

University of South Africa (Unisa) spokesperson Martin Ramotshela said registration was open to prospective students who applied and were accepted during the last application phase.

The phase closed in November.

“A second application phase for students for the second semester of 2017 will open from April 3 to 28,” he said.

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