UCT defends new admission policy

Vice-Chancellor Max Price says the new rules will be effective in time for the 2016 intake.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has changed its admissions policy. Picture: Giles Ridley/Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) on Monday defended its new admissions policy.

New rules take other indicators of disadvantage into account, besides race, when deciding on student applications.

The institution says it will now consider home language, parent education and whether a family receives a social grant.

UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price says the new policy will be effective in time for the 2016 intake.

"The majority of the class would be constituted through merit."

Price says the new admissions policy recognises that a student's marks would have been higher had they not been disadvantaged.

"Approximately a quarter of the class will probably be constituted using race as the primary crutch."