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Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:49

Deadline to apply to tertiary institutions looms

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Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana has encouraged learners in the Free State to apply on time for admission at institutions of higher education.


Mduduzi Manana

“September is the month that most higher education institutions target for accepting enrolment forms for the following academic year of study, the window is closing if you have not applied, please apply now,” Deputy Minister Manana said.

He visited three schools in Thaba Nchu on Thursday as he was rolling out the 2015 Apply Now/Khetha Career Guidance Campaign, which is aimed at averting possible stampedes and long queues that take place at the beginning of each academic year.

The Career Guidance component of the campaign seeks to inform learners about career choices available within the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) sector.

Deputy Minister Manana told learners from Grade 8 to 12 about the list of the 100 Occupations in high demand that was released by the Minister of Higher Education and Training last year.
This would assist learners to make informed career choices which will assist them to avoid being unemployable graduates.

He informed learners about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) which is aimed at assisting poor and deserving students to further their studies within the post-school sector.

NSFAS has to date assisted more than 1.5 million beneficiaries.

Deputy Minister Manana also encouraged learners to consider Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges as an alternative to university education because the skills needs of the country necessitate massive production of artisans from TVET colleges.

The Apply Now Campaign runs from March to September, across the country to assist learners to make informed choices when applying to institutions of higher learning.

It also seeks to inform learners about things to look out for when choosing their institutions of higher learning to avert being conned by unregistered and bogus colleges who offer them unaccredited qualifications.