9 January 2019

South Africa: Enough Space in Universities and Tvets to Take in All Matriculants, Says Naledi Pandor

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In its second year, the free education programme promised to students, and to be phased in over five years, has quelled the #FeesMustFall movement and since taken strides to ensure easy access to higher education and training. However, the EFF Student Command continues its call for free registration and walk-ins, with threats of anarchy.

As the 2019 cohort of Grade 1s start school, a little over 400,000 students who have recently matriculated are trying to find their feet in the world of life after school.

For 172,043 of them, those who passed matric with a bachelor pass, that could mean furthering their studies through universities while 141,700 students who passed with a diploma pass could be knocking on the doors of TVET colleges.

But wherever they may find themselves, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor says they will find a space.

Responding to the EFF Student Command's (EFFSC) "unwarranted" calls encouraging university walk-ins and a call for scrapping of registration fees, Pandor said in a statement that 210,801 spaces are available to new students within the...

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