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UJ won't accept 'walk in' applicants

In a press statement the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has said it will not accommodate any on-campus late applicants, or ‘walk-ins’.

This is with the memory of the tragic 2012 enrolment stampede at UJ, in which Gloria Sekwena was trampled to death.
“All enquiries regarding late applications, space availability or the change from one programme to another will be dealt with off-campus via a virtual UJ Mobi enquiry system or via the UJ Call Centre, the university said in a statement,” it said.
Nearly 75 000 applicants applied at UJ for approximately 10 500 first-year undergraduate spaces for enrolment in 2014.  

This number of spaces available is in accordance with the formal Enrolment Plan approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

UJ said it would review the status of all applicants based on the applicants’ final Grade 12 results between January 7 to 9.  
All applicants will receive an SMS during this time which will confirm their final application status.

“If applicants have not received an SMS from UJ by January 10, 2014, they must visit the UJ website to verify their application status, or call the UJ Call Centre (011 559 4555) for more information.”
Successful applicants can access information pertaining to the registration process and schedule as well as the First Year Experience on the UJ website.


How to steer clear of fly-by-night colleges

As the class of 2013, thousands of them newly armed with Bachelor’s passes, scramble to secure space at universities and colleges, an education expert has warned prospective students to ensure they carefully scrutinise institutions before signing up.

The Director of the Independent Institute of Education (IIE Dr Felicity Coughlan says thousands of newly matriculated young people are being turned away at universities due to space constraints.

“It is encouraging to see so many prospective students include private higher and further education institutions as they consider alternatives.  It is most regrettable that there are still some unscrupulous people exploiting students’ difficult situation, for fraudulent and selfish financial gain,”  she says.

The IIE is SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution, and Dr Coughlan notes that private institutions are required to adhere to the same rigorous quality assurance processes as state universities - meaning that if you register at the right private institution you are able to gain a qualification of equal standing and quality.

Most private institutions operating throughout the country are registered and genuinely accredited and almost all offer a viable alternative for students seeking a post-school study opportunity, but it is a travesty that the actions of some taint the whole sector, Coughlan says. “Students unfortunately do not seem to realise how easy it is to check the credentials of private institutions, and thus deny themselves the protection of being sure about the status of the institution – and therefore the qualification they are choosing,” she says.

She adds that all the key information about the registration of an institution is available in the Register of Private Higher Education Institutions kept by the Department of Higher Education and Training, and the information is also readily available from reputable institutions. Additionally, there are ways students can - and should – interrogate institutions before parting with any money.

“There are few key questions to ask to which there are some simple answers, and if an institution responds appropriately, it is worth considering,” she says.

Before signing up ask the institution the following:
• To show you their certificate of registration with the Department of Higher Education. It should detail the campus, provider and the qualifications offered. No certificate - no go. 
• All higher education qualifications need to be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council on Higher Education – if they are not accredited they will not appear on the certificate referred to above.  There is no other document detailing the accreditation, which is why checking if the qualification is on the certificate is essential.
• All qualifications must be registered on the NQF by SAQA and students should ask for the SAQA NQF identity numbers.

“Students eager to sign up in the current climate where spaces at tertiary institutions are scarce may be tempted to forego this little bit of additional hassle, but failing to make the effort makes you enormously vulnerable to scamsters. By asking these simple questions, you contribute to strengthening the private higher education sector by making it harder for scamsters to operate.”


Man leaps to death off Ponte balcony

Own Correspondent

A man died after jumping from the 33rd floor of the Ponte apartment buildings in Berea on Monday, Gauteng police said.

Police spokesperson Cst Thabo Malatjie said the man, who was 55-years-old, was certified dead at the scene.

“The reason for him jumping off the building was still unknown but an inquest docket has been opened,” Cst Malatji said.

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