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Universities in KwaZulu-Natal set for online registration for the 2022 academic year

Howard College building, University of Kwazulu Natal. Picture: Supplied.

Howard College building, University of Kwazulu Natal. Picture: Supplied.

Published Jan 24, 2022

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DURBAN - THE University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban University of Technology (DUT) and University of Zululand (UniZulu) have all said that registration for the 2022 academic year will take place online.

Normah Zondo, executive director of corporate relations at UKZN said that registration was strictly online.

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She said the university had noted with concern messages being circulated on social media encouraging students and parents to flock to one of its campuses from today.

“Registration is conducted online and is still ongoing.

“There is no registration service or registration assistance available on any of our campuses, and therefore, no students or parents will be allowed onto any of the campuses for registration.

“All registration information is available on www.ukzn.ac.za A chatbot is available to assist. Students requiring further information can call 0800 1000 010.”

She said UKZN was aiming to register over 46 000 students in the 2022 academic year.

“We have received more than 255 000 applications for admission. There are about 10 000 first-year places available.”

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Regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, Zondo said: “We are currently in discussions regarding mandatory vaccinations for staff and students.

“The safety and wellness of our students and staff is our foremost priority.”

Zondo added that the university will continue with online teaching and learning, until further notice.

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“Only practical and clinical training will be face to face.”

DUT registrar Dr Maditsane Nkonoane, said that the university received 150 963 applications for the 2022 intake.

“… 9 535 first-time entry spaces are available for the 2022 academic year, with registration still being done online. Due to the Covid-19 regulations and public health guidelines, DUT is only accepting online registrations at this time. This is applicable for all levels of registration, including first-time entrants.

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“There is no in-person, on campus, mask-to-mask registrations taking place.

“The university is not accepting any walk-in or any physical enquiries.”

On Covid-19, Nkonoane said that the DUT Council had approved a vaccination policy titled, Policy choices on vaccination of staff, students, alumni, visitors and service providers”, which came into effect from January 1.

“As stated in the policy, if a member of the DUT community does not wish to vaccinate, they must then continue with online activities and services.

“If they are required to be on campus, they must undertake a Covid-19 PCR test 48 hours prior to being on campus, and that test must be negative. Payment for these PCR tests will rest with the individuals concerned.”

Gcina Nhleko, director of communications and marketing at UniZulu, said the institution received over 87 000 applications for the 2022 academic year.

Nhleko added that in keeping in line with Covid-19 protocols, the 2022 academic year registration would be conducted online.

THE MERCURY

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