Many students hoping to be enrolled to study at Unisa will have to think again, as the university will be accepting fewer students in 2021.
This is following a request from the Minister responsible for Higher Education, Minister Blade Nzimande.
Last year, the Minister raised concerns about the high number of First Time Entering students that were enrolled in 2020.
“It has come to my attention that the university enrolled 77 840 FTEN students in 2020. This is an over enrolment of 20 137 students, 35% over the approved target. It will have a significant impact on the sustainability of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas),”
“In light of the current fiscal constraints and the impact that over enrolment has on the whole sector, I am now issuing a directive to Unisa to reduce its 2021 FTEN by 20 000 to accommodate the over enrolment in 2020 and the impact this will have on NSFAS over the next year,” said Nzimande
"Due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, all semester 1 and year module registrations for the 2021 academic year must be submitted online. All Unisa's self-help registration facilities countrywide will be unavailable during the upcoming registration period."
Students have been encouraged to make use of the service centre instead of visiting the offices.
The Service Centre is available for phone calls on 080 000 1870 or via e-mail at [email protected].
The university has advised students to register before 12 March 2021 to secure their spots.