Redesign of the online university placement system


The CACH (Central Applications Clearing House) online application system of the Department of Higher Education and Training will undergo upgrades and improvements, especially in terms of connection to higher education institution systems.

This is according to Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Director General of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), who details the preparation of the post-school education and training sector for the academic year 2022.

Designed and presented by DHET, CACH is an online application portal for grade 12 students seeking admission to post-school education and training.

It can also be useful for prospective students who performed better than expected and now wish to move on to another course or higher education institution, depending on the department. It is also accessible to learners who have not applied before admission to higher education. closing date the previous year.

According to Sishi, CACH improves the possibility for students from working class and disadvantaged backgrounds to have a fair chance to continue their higher education.

Over the years, the central application system has continued to reduce administrative inefficiencies, he said.

As a result, the Department of Higher Education has seen how it has become a system to rely on, especially for those enrolled who wish to continue their studies but have not been offered a place in an institution.

Sishi explained that the planned improvements to the system fill the gaps that exist in CACH. “For example, on January 21, 2022, when the matrix results are released, the examination systems of the Ministry of Basic Education will immediately share the matrix results with the Central Applications Clearing House database system.

“This will allow us to be immediately, on the 22nd, in a position to support the entire constituency of young people who would be candidates for places in the post-school education and training sector (PSET).

“We will also ensure to provide applicants with access to career development services where possible and opportunities to access spaces still available within the PSET system in universities, TVET colleges or in postgraduate programs. learning SETA.

“Without having to go to the establishments themselves, learners will be able to submit their applications via the online system, thus saving their resources.


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