Students try their luck at Ehlanzeni TVET College acceptance

MBOMBELA – Hundreds of students flocked to the Mbombela campus of the Ehlanzeni TVET College this week, hoping to get accepted for the 2018 academic year.

Many started queuing as early 04:00 on Monday despite registrations only opening on Tuesday. Administrator Delci Khoza explained to those who came on Monday that they could apply for a course of their choice, but warned them not to consider it as being already accepted at the college as their applications would undergo the normal selection processes.

These included checking whether their matric results qualified them to study for their preferred courses. “Your place in line today also does not guarantee your placement,” she said. Such words did not ease the anxiety many felt, as not being accepted would mean spending another year at home wondering what to do next.
“I am very nervous,” said Sihle Mkhabela (22) from “Game” outside Numbi.

“I applied online, but because I have not yet gotten a reply, I decided to come in person to see what I can do,” she said. Lwazi Mhlanga (18), who arrived with Mkhabela at 07:30, was worried that she would not make it. She matriculated from Jerusalem High School and wants to study civil engineering at the college.

“I did not apply because I did not have an ID at the time and many universities’ applications were closed by the time I got it,” she said. Dumisani Zitha (22), a returning student to the college, braved the early morning in support of his friend, Abednego Sibiya (21). Both arrived at 06:30 from Zwelisha. Sibiya matriculated from Mfundinjobo High School in 2015.

“At the time I didn’t know what I wanted to do and so I took some time off,” he said. Now he wants to study for a diploma in electrical engineering and hoped that if he arrived early he could secure a spot. According to college spokesman, Mxolisi Nzimande, the long queues are always problematic for the campus.

“We have eight campuses, yet people choose to come to this one because it is in the city,” he said. Nzimande explained that the college’s application dates are in September and December. During this time, tests are conducted to assist learners in choosing a suitable course. Some of the colleges do not have a great spectrum of course choices, resulting in many flocking to the Mbombela campus.

Due to a stigma associated with colleges, many tend to apply at the last minute when they have not been accepted at universities. This results in long queues and often disappointment at the beginning of the year. Registration, for those already accepted at the college, ended yesterday.

Bombi Mavundza

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