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What Nzimande says about varsity stampede

By Sapa | Jan 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 26 ]

The Higher Education Department is considering halting last-minute university applications after a woman was killed in a stampede at the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday, Minister Blade Nzimande said.

“It’s something that we are seriously considering that maybe we should not consider 'walk-ins',” he told reporters in Johannesburg. “We think that the price we are paying is too much.”   

Over 20 people were injured in the stampede, caused by thousands of prospective students queuing outside the university for last-minute applications, Johannesburg metro police said earlier.

The University of Johannesburg is one of few universities countrywide that accepts last-minute applications from prospective students who achieved unexpected university entrance passes.

The woman who died was the mother of a prospective student.

The university’s Vice Chancellor Ihron Rensburg said the volume of applications for the current academic year was 85,000, much higher than the 67,000 of last year.

He said 99% of this year’s applicants were seeking admission for undergraduate studies.

“We are the only university that offers diploma courses at undergraduate level. Our undergraduate entry requirements make many high school graduates apply to this institution because of the high chances of being admitted,” said Rensburg.

Nzimande expressed concern that prospective students did not have enough information on the application process and that Further Education and Training colleges (FET) were good alternatives for study.

He said some prospective students did not know what they wanted to study and this “clogged” queues because of “on the spot counselling”.

The department hoped to roll out a centralised admissions process, currently being piloted in KwaZulu-Natal, to avoid incidents such as Tuesday’s, said Nzimande.

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How come students did not have good information.

What happened to guidance counsellors?

Jan 10, 2012 2:45 | 0 replies


BMW 750i series, twin turbo, V8 engine, park assist, black, sunroof, bluetooth, dvd, cruise, GPS....


Thats all I have to say.

Jan 10, 2012 3:33 | 0 replies

Your talking shit minister, after cancelling N courses you still say FET is a good choice of study. Goverment are resposibly for this bad news, why? 1. they cancelled N courses now no one what to study at FET. 2. they merged institutian which result in few option on where to study and few sit for clases.Around PTA we use to have three places for National diploma course (Ptech,TNG,Setlegelo)now is only one. This can be avoided only if they can separate the institutian, they must allow student to have options on institutian.

Jan 10, 2012 3:37 | 0 replies

@SoloD

Why should the varsity sponsor the student?

Jan 10, 2012 3:38 | 0 replies

@Tasto
, did he realy promised the actual number like the promise of 5millionjobs by 2014 from father christmas from Nkanlda ?
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yes he did. this guy was my idol while i was at varsity and as the cosas student body we always were of the oppinion that if this guy can handle the education ministry most ou our challenges will be a thing of the past. to say i am dissappointed is an understatement!!!!!!

Jan 10, 2012 3:40 | 0 replies

@Tikoloshe
I think (we) black people ...very ignorant and when things start to turn in very negative way we start to blame the government.....hai

Jan 10, 2012 3:48 | 0 replies

I really just don't understand this man (Nzimande), he is always focussing on quarelling and arguing with malema and just like our president he likes promising people things that he cannot do, He promised that those who used NSFAS and unemployed will be removed from the system, He promised to give unemployed graduates some sort of stipends to help in job hunting, He promised more university space for 2012 and he didn't even bother building 1, I am really starting to question this man's interllectual capacity.... Maybe he should stick to Politics cause anyone with activism background qualifies to be one

Jan 10, 2012 4:1 | 0 replies

Hauzen

The problem is that there is no stratigic thinking around education and what the requirements of the economy will be in 5/10/15 years time.

In addition there is insufficient investment in educational infrustructure and intellectual capacity....it's 100% a Govt problem.

In most instances students study course material that is totallly useless or non aligned to the job market requirements!!

Jan 10, 2012 4:2 | 0 replies

Shivambu you idiot, the problem is that too many matrics are getting university passes because the school standard is too low. Then most drop out because they simply are not university material. A university education is not a basic human right, by it's very nature, only a relatively small number of people can get a university degree. Otherwise the value of a degree must be diminished. For others there are other types of appropriate qualifications - technical qualifications are more needed in the world. It is a typical ANCYL solution being proposed by Shivambu - populist nonsense.

Jan 10, 2012 4:13 | 0 replies

Guys stop di*kriding Floyd and his cooked qualifications cause that paints a scary picture of the type of education we are getting in SA...what has his qualifications done for the youth of SA. Surely such an educated man should be a respected leader with creative solutions to simple problems (give people the TOOLS* education, opportunities, acess to info etc) to gain freedom of any kind but his conduct makes a garbage collector look like a professor...Example educated people know how to use philosophy 1o1 to state their opinion but a fool resorts to swearing and violence cause his brain is limited...Was he pushed out of Wits cause he was a trouble maker

Jan 10, 2012 4:17 | 0 replies

Nzimande and Zuma are clueless about the reality of current stampede featuring climate evolution. Hpw do I go to FET if I got stars in all my subjects. No student is prepared to settle for less. Nzimande may be you should take your kids to FET and allow the academically deserving students to use what they deserve. You illiterate politicians think that you can guess what prospective students go through during the queuing. It doubles the stress of Absa bank queue. Now I think Zimande and his corrupt fellows should consider opening platforms for emergency bursary. What if that dead mom was a sole financial tap of the child? Heads must role if I was dictating the rest of palrialment, because the issue of stampede was established last year in the same university. How many more should die to entertain the ego of ZUMA? Yes in ANC we are spoiled with leaders, but some need to read and lead simultaneously.

Jan 10, 2012 4:23 | 0 replies