The registration period for the academic year 2023 of the University of KwaZulu Natal has been extended to allow students to secure their place in the institution.
Following a week of violent protests and disruptions, the University of KwaZulu Natal has extended its registration period for the 2023 academic year.
The registration period for the Health Sciences and Humanities programs will not be extended. This is because the latter are full for the undergraduate level.
All UKZN postgraduate registrations will be extended to Friday, March 10, 2023. Those who registered before 4 pm on February 24, will have their applications processed by then.
Students will not be permitted to change their academic programs after February 24, 2023.
Some students are having a hard time finding and securing accommodation at UKZN. Over the past couple of days, some have been sleeping outside in the halls.
According to students, they were not given rooms despite receiving confirmation from UKZN regarding their accommodations for the upcoming academic year.
According to Nokwanda, more than 90 students were sleeping outside the university’s Pietermaritzburg campus. They were asked to leave the area by the next morning.
One female student stated that sleeping outside was chaotic and that it was very cold. However, they were thankful for the help provided by the SRC.
Two students were apprehended for public violence after they clashed with university security personnel at UKZN’s campus in the Edgewood area.
According to a statement by the university, it has allocated 19,550 rooms for the upcoming academic year.
According to the university, as of Thursday, it has about 17,700 students registered for its various accommodation facilities. However, it still requires students to sign up for these facilities.
They called on students to always carry their valid student cards and proof of registration on campus. This is as they work to strengthen their security measures.
UKZN said, “Only bona fide students, staff, service providers and approved visitors will be permitted access to campuses as the University will continue implementing strict measures to regulate entry.”
They warned that students are prohibited from wearing a balaclava or any other garment that covers their face for malicious purposes on campus. They say these types of garments were used by criminals to conceal their identity while engaging in illegal activities.