A call for learners to apply promptly

04 Feb

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*I am back from a well deserved break. This is the first post of the year and I hope you will enjoy reading posts being published here as much as I enjoy penning them. With that I would like to wish you a very happy 2012!

The stampede that broke out of  at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) last month was saddening and sent shock waves on social media websites. What is more saddening is that a mother of a prospective student died on the scene.

It raises questions as to why this must happens because ideally prospective students are given a maximum of seven months to lodge their applications. Students applications open on the 1st of March to 31st October for most universities.

Some may argue that the stampede was unnecessary and may also put a blame on the institution. In my opinion, I think that if we put a blame on the institution then we must all accept liabilities. A responsible citizen of a nation like South Africa must take a duty of responsibility to educate every learner who seems to be less informed about such matters.

This shocking event can be attributed to number of factors such as late application, lack of career guidance and lack of general information regarding tertiary studies.

As I would like to believe that it is also my duty to educate scholars on this matter. below I offer an account of possible solutions that can be used to combat this fateful act in the future.

Possible Solutions

  • More University should be built. In his medium term budget vote, The minister of Higher Education, Mr Blade Nzimande revealed that two universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape are in the pipeline.
  • Career Counselling must be strengthened in the Life orienation curriculum from as early as in Grade 9 and as such this part of the curriculum must be examined until Grade 12.
  • Parents must encourage their children to apply timeously.
  • Prospective Students must attend University career days to explore different study courses.
  • The call made by the Minister that a Central Applications Office be implemented is another option.

Lesson for high scholars is this “Apply timeously so that you dot end up stampeding at centre of higher learning come January”. More advise for high scholars, please ensure that you seek more information pertaining to your career path as soon as yesterday.

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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in General


4 responses to “A call for learners to apply promptly

  1. khaya

    February 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I think this can also be solved by having a systems that will forward a list or a number of students registered for writing matric exams to varsities and colleges so that they can start the process even before they sit for exam

    • Dumi-rocks

      February 5, 2012 at 2:31 am

      That is also a good idea. We cannot afford to lose more parents in settings like these.

      Thanks for your contribution.

  2. Nkosinathi

    February 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    It is very sad that one parent lost her life. I have taken a first step after this incidence to stop blogging and talking about this things but to do something. I am running a project which will motivate students and provide guidance as it is necessarily. The building of new University is the main solution but before we even go there, we are ought to encourage students to apply first. what if we are going to have two universities without applicants? we will end up with the same Que.

    • Dumi-rocks

      February 6, 2012 at 12:32 am

      Thanks Nkosinathi.

      Well done for what you are doing in your community. May your energy never run out as you try to uplift the unwashed being young people in your community. The question of long ques should not even be debated, we just need an effective and efficient central application office to effect these people applications. I think also that in the Life Orientation assessments students need to be examined on the how to go on applying to universities and also the alternative ways should the latter fails.


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