Some prospective Unisa students are not exploiting the benefits of online registration as evidenced by the long queues snaking out of registration venues this semester.
Unisa Western Cape Region communications officer Vicky-Lee Shew informs StudyNotesWiki that the online registration process offers the opportunity to register conveniently from anywhere provided that one has reliable access to the internet. It does appear, however, that several prospective students find themselves queuing for hours and at times even sleeping overnight outside Unisa for registration in spite of this handiness.
Over 2000 tickets are reported to have been handed out per day to those waiting their turn to register at Unisa's Stalwart Simelane campus in Durban in a bid to control the registration procedure. "Quite a few students also come into the self-help terminal because they don’t have internet access at home or wherever…" says Vicky-Lee Shew although she adds that registration is just as simple, accurate and maybe even quicker away from Unisa’s facilities.
20 year old Simon Komape who matriculated last year tells StudyNotesWiki that he opted to queue outside Unisa's campus in Polokwane at the last minute after he was not accepted at contact institutions and is unfamiliar with Unisa's online registration process. Unisa Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education Professor Moeketsi Letseka says that although Unisa caters for school leaving students in recent years a greater turnout can be expected given the increase in the matric pass rate. "Young people who don’t get admission in contact institutions have to look at ODL institutions and Unisa always comes out tops because the Unisa price tag for learning is much more cheaper than UP or Intec."
Registration forms for undergraduate & honours degrees, undergraduate higher certificates & diplomas as well as postgraduate certificates and diplomas can be submitted online via the internet until the 24th of January 2014.