Walter Sisulu University Faces High Demand For Student Intake

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An Eastern Cape-based university received high volumes of applications for the 2022 academic year. This shows there is high demand for this institution. Let’s take at the state of readiness of this student as the academic year starts.


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The number of students who applied at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) stood at 137 000 by the time the institution closed its applications on 31 August 2021.

However, the university is only able to accommodate 7 122 first-year students for this year.

The university said that there is a high demand for spaces within the university, making it difficult to open the doors of learning.

According to the WSU spokesperson, Yonela Tukwayo, the university is restricted in terms of the number of students that they can admit to this institution.

In a SABC live interview, Tukwayo confirmed:

The funding situation for many students has not been confirmed on time for them to commence with their registration. However, we are proceeding quite swiftly at this moment now that they have their confirmation from NSFAS that they have been funded or not funded.  

WSU is not the only institution experiencing delays in registrations, as other institutions of higher learning have the same problem with the release of funds.

When it comes to students funded by the state, Tukwayo said the trend is usually 65% - 70%.

The university has also confirmed that the demand for state funding is much higher compared to the small number of self-funded students at the university.

Registrations have been extended to 18 February 2022 and learning will commence on 21 February 2022.

The university said it will continue using the dual-learning system for its students, which is the use of both online and face-to-face learning.

According to the Walter Sisulu University's spokesperson, it was able to provide its learners with laptops last year.

First-time learners of the university are required to have laptops so that the university will be able to continue with the dual-learning system.


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