Registration agony for students

WITH registration at institutions of higher learning currently under way, the lack of on-line registration facilities at some of these campuses have angered students in Limpopo.

The backlog resulting from the lack of on-line registration options at some of these institutions of higher learning have had the South African Students Congress fuming.

Sasco provincial secretary Mabuse Mpe told Sowetan yesterday that the student body was not happy with the long queues at Limpopo's institutions.

Mpe said many students experienced this inconvenience every time they had to register at the beginning of the year.

He said they had appealed to the authorities at various institutions to find ways to remedy this annual problem.

"We have been appealing to the authorities for years to solve this problem of long queues at registration," Mpe said.

"As Sasco we have been in talks with managements at several institutions of higher learning but they seem not to take us seriously.

"It is a very disheartening situation to see hundreds of students lining up in long, snaking queues in the blistering sun".

Thousands of old and new students have to endure the annual registration process, which sees them waiting for hours in long, snaking queues.

This year is no different as thousands queue to enrol for the 2010 academic year at the universities of Limpopo, Venda, Unisa's northeastern region and the Tshwane University of Technology in Polokwane.

Others opt for universities and further education and training colleges that are far from their homes.

Kgalema Mohuba, spokesperson for the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus, conceded that the institution was not equipped with on-line registration facilities.

But he said the institution was planning to install a system that would reduce the registration backlog.

"We plan to have on-line registration facilities as soon as finances are available," he said.

Unisa's eastern region in Polokwane has since installed a system to reduce the backlog that had frustrated many students.

According to George Dire, spokesperson for the regional campuses of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the university has an annual intake of 27 000 students.

Dire said they had 37 computers in Polokwane, which is the central hub of the region.