The Pretoria High Court ruling compels the university to enrol an estimated 20 000 undergraduates whose future was unclear

The principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA) Professor Puleng Lenkabula says the institution is finalising its registration process for the 2021 academic year.

The process was delayed after Higher Education Minister Blade Ndzimande ordered a decrease in first-year students’ intake and a change in semester arrangements.

The High Court in Pretoria recently dismissed and set aside Ndzimande’s decision that would have compelled the university to reduce its first-year intake by about 20 000 students. Lenkubula says preparations are in place for this year’s academic year.

“Yes, we are in the process of finalising the registration, especially for the undergraduate students. Those who are doing their research in doctoral and masters areas are continuing as they would be in the laboratory or research areas or virtually.

So in this instance, we would start after the 26 of March – the teaching and learning – as been directed by the Department of Higher Education and Training requesting us to extend the registration period.”

Source from SABC News

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