Uni's still dealing with 11th-hour registrations

Various higher education facilities are again dealing with large numbers of late registrations.

Gloria Sekwena (48) had travelled from London to accompany her son to register at UJ in January 2012 – she was crushed to death and 22 others were injured. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Various higher education facilities are again dealing with large numbers of late registrations, despite government's repeated calls for students to register on time.

Government has been urging students to register early since the fatal stampede at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2012, in which a mother was killed.

The university, which says it has so far received about 90, 000 applications for 10, 500 first-year undergraduate spaces, is not accepting applications brought to the institution physically.

On Monday, it said it had received all national senior certificates in electronic format.

UJ said it would assess the applications of prospective students and inform them of their application status via SMS.

The Department of Higher Education's director general, Gwebs Qonde, said the country's institutions were ready to deal with the 2013 registrations and admissions.

"We started with a roll-out of the "Apply Now" campaign in terms of preparing adequately for registrations as well as for admission."

In January last year, a stampede occurred when thousands of students queued at the university's Auckland Park Bunting Road campus for last-minute applications.

Gloria Sekwena (48) had travelled from London to accompany her son to register - she was crushed to death, while 22 others were injured.