Cape Town – The University of Cape Town has committed to assist walk-in applicants.
In a statement released on Wednesday expressing its full support for free education for the poor, the University said that it was currently in talks with the institution’s stakeholders on how the process will be implemented.
“The university’s commitment is to assist walk-ins as best as possible and processes are being put in place to enable this”, said UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola.
Though UCT’s application process closed on 30 September, President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of free education on 16 December has forced many universities to reconsider their processes in a bid to allow those who may not have applied owing to financial difficulties another chance at applying.
Though the logistics of this process are yet to be finalized, Moholala said that “the university’s processes during registration will allow for walk-in applicants to speak to an admissions counsellor and if eligible they will be assisted to register on the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) system or at UCT provided there is still space in the programme they are interested in.”
Moholola cautioned that “UCT is already fully subscribed in many programmes. The university received 29 500 applications and can enrol only 4200 first-year students. Due to capacity issues, the unfortunate reality is that there would be some applicants (traditional or walk-ins) who will not be accepted because the programmes might have reach full capacity”.