Nzimande: 26 public institutions will provide access to nearly 200,000 students

The minister has briefed the media on the state of readiness and opportunities in the post-school education and training sector.

FILE: Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says the country’s 26 public universities will provide access to nearly 200,000 new entrants this academic year.

The minister on Thursday morning briefed the media in Pretoria on the state of readiness and opportunities in the post-school education and training sector.

Tens of thousands of pupils who finished school last year are now seeking placement at universities across the country.

Nzimande says 2017 enrollment planning addressed specific scarce skill areas as identified in the National Development Plan.

“Of the 197,400 new university entrants in 2017, about 63,950 students will be enrolling in scarce skill, including engineering, programmes, life and physical science programmes, human health programmes and veterinary science programmes.”

Nzimande says students who want to train as artisans should register at technical and vocational education and training colleges.

“Those who have completed grade 12 with a minimum of a higher certificate achievement can consider studying further at one of the 50 public technical and vocational education and training colleges. In 2017, 207,510 new entrant opportunities will be provided by TVET.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)