Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Hlengiwe Mkhize, suggests there are many possibilities open to students, in particular those individuals who were not able to secure a place at universities.
“Inasmuch as the country requires engineers, it also requires artisans. Electricians, plumbers, boilermakers, welders and mechanics happen to be essential for the socio-economic growth and development of our country,” she stated.
Optimising the possibilities offered by means of the post-school system, should be pursued.
When it comes to the intake at universities, Mkhize explained her department did not place any kind of threshold on student intake.
“The enrolment objectives require a planning course of action where by student numbers are generally discussed with each one of the universities,” she stated.
“Institutional capacity is dependent upon the actual physical space – lecture rooms, accommodation, laboratory facilities etc, along with the academic personnel open to essentially teach,” the minister said.
A survey disclosed that 21 universities received 528 652 application submissions along with UNISA who received 90 435 for the 2011 first time entry intake.