"Don't panic, first-year University enrolment to open in March" - Nzimande

"Don't panic, first-year University enrolment to open in March" - Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology, Blade Nzimande, has urged the 2020 matric class not to panic as Universities will open for first year applications between March and April.

Blade Nzimande

Nzimande was briefing the media on updates in his department for the 2021 academic year on Monday

He said all University's have agreed to open in line with the release of the matric results in February.

"I am pleased to say that that all institutions have aligned the start of the 2021 academic year for first time entries with the availability of the Department of basic education's national senior certificate exam results. Parents of learners who were writing matric must not panic as all those who have been writing will get the opportunity to be admitted, " said Nzimande.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has received over 750,000 applications for 2021.

"It is a significant increase and 61% of the applicants are SASSA beneficiaries. The vast majority of applicants were able to apply online due to the COVID-19 lockdown regulations. The evaluation of applications is due to be completed in mid-February, and students who qualify for funding will be notified," added Nzimande.

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