Universities in the Eastern Cape were no exception to the rising numbers of prospective students keen to enrol for first-year studies.
One of the universities battling with enrolling thousands of students who obtained a university entrance pass was the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
University spokesperson Roslyn Baatjies said this year the institution received 30141 applications from prospective first-year students but only 5472 had qualified for admission.
More than 24000 who hoped to start in 2012 but did not qualify would have to find a place somewhere,at another university or in FET colleges, or find employment.
Universities like Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu were also expected to face similar situations where thousands would forfeit admission due to late application or failure to meet the admission criteria.
Rhodes University in Grahamstown is already bracing itself for orientation week in the first week of February and is expecting an increase in the number of prospective first-year students.
Baatjies said the university was processing about 4000 remaining applications and half of those students were to undergo assessment tests.
Applications for admission were also extended until yesterday in spite of the stipulation for applications to have been in by August 1 and December 5 for late applications, she said.
Walter Sisulu University spokesperson Angela Church said the institution would not exceed the 27600 stipulated number of students, both first-year and already enrolled, by Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande.
“Registration starts on January 16 but the process of registering health sciences students has been completed,” Church said.
The university also anticipated a huge increase in the number of prospective first-year applications.
“We always face a situation every year of more qualifying students than we can accommodate,” she said.
The province achieved the lowest provincial matric pass rate when results were released last week.
The province achieved a 58.1% pass rate, down from 58.3% in 2010.
The Eastern Cape also has the five poorest performing districts: Butterworth, Fort Beaufort, Libode, Mt Frere and Sterkspruit.
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