As most matriculants who passed matric continue to be in a celebratory mood, the University of Pretoria and the Tshwane University of Technology have reiterated that they will not be accepting any walk-in registrations. The two universities say they have plans in place to ensure no chaos erupts on Monday.
This comes as the Economic Freedom Fighters continues to encourage prospective students who have not applied to report to colleges and universities of their choice for registration and take advantage of the free education declaration made by President Jacob Zuma last month.
Thousands of matriculants who did not apply last year are now faced with a difficult task of gaining entry at universities. Most universities will not be taking any new applications.
The University of Pretoria says its application process closed in September last year, and no new applications or walk-ins will be allowed.
All registrations will also be conducted online. University spokesperson, Rikus Delport says all their courses are full. “Our applications have already closed. We have received about 38 000 applications and can accommodate only 9500. We will work closely with everybody, our campus security and the police where necessary to ensure the safety of our students.”
The Tshwane University of Technology also says it will not entertain any walk-ins. Security has already been beefed up. At the Soshanguve campus, police have been deployed for any eventualities. Security is also tight at the main campus in Pretoria West. Only staff and previous students are allowed entry into campus. There is however some space in some fields of study.
“We are aware of the EFF’s statements and we would like to once again encourage students not to come to campus to apply. They will be only be able to apply via the online system. So it would be much more beneficial for them to go to the nearest internet cafe or centre where they can access the internet to check the online system. The university has a plan in place to ensure the safety of the TUT community and people in campus. But it is important for prospective students to remember that no walk in will be allowed in campus,” says University spokesperson Willa de Reytur.
Those who did not apply are encouraged to apply making use of the Department of Education’s Central Applications Clearing House. Click below for more on the story: