As university registration commences across the country and many questions are asked both of security measures and the state of protests at these locales, students have shown-up in droves to claim spots in overcrowded universities.
Tshwane University of Technology, for one, has turned many students away following the lack of space in all of the classes being offered in 2018.
Spokespeople for the university have told students to keep an eye on the online portals for available spots, but few promises have been made.
“Online applications will be opened again, if there is still space available”, read the statement from TUT.
The lack of space has been brought on by the fact that a large number of students have remained at these various institutions having either failed to graduate or failed to progress in their studies due in large part to last year’s protests.
“The growing education crisis has reached a point where immediate and direct attention is needed”, said one parent at the UCT registration day.
No concrete plan has been laid out by government to successfully render tertiary education free of charge, although comments have been made by certain ministers and the presidency that this would be somewhat achieved this year.
At this point, much of the comments have been taken as speculation and experts have theorised that a Ramaphosa administration could prioritise primary education to begin taking the strain off of tertiary institutions.
No protests have been announced as yet for the 2018 academic year.