The Admissions Policy is in line with the South African Constitution, The Admissions Policy of Mbowa College is determined by the directors of the school. The Head and the College Council team are responsible for the administration of the admission of learners into Mbowa College.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework for Mbowa College to apply an admissions policy.
This policy, applies uniformly to all admissions to Mbowa College.
3.1 The Academic Registrar is responsible for the administration of the admission of students to Mbowa College. The Registrar may, however, delegate the responsibility for the admission of students to a suitability qualified official.
3.2 The admission policy of Mbowa College is determined by the College Council in terms of the FET Act no 16 of 2006. The policy must be consistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (No. 108 of 1996). The College Council must make a copy of the college’s admission policy available to all stake holders.
3.3 The Council must publish the admission policy and make it available on request. The Council may, subject to provincial policy and after consultation with the Academic Board:
3.3.1 The College Council determine admission requirements in respect of particular Further Education and Training programmes;
3.3.2 Determines the number of students who may be admitted for a particular Further Education and Training programme and the manner of their selection;
3.3.3 Determine the minimum requirements for re-admission to study at the public Further Education and Training institution concerned; and to refuse re-admission of a student who fails to satisfy such minimum requirements for re-admission.
3.4 The Council of Mbowa College must ensure that the institution is accessible to disabled students, as well as students with special educational needs, in compliance with White Paper 6 regarding Inclusive Education.
4.1.1 Mbowa College holds a strong commitment to maximize educational opportunities for all the citizens of South Africa. In recognizing the necessity of making educational opportunity equally accessible to all its citizens through the College system, it is important that the diverse needs of the country’s population be accommodated through a flexible admissions policy.
4.1.2 The Mbowa College will in no way discriminate against a student on the basis of race, age, colour creed, sexual orientation or gender. It is the objective of the College to apply the principle of redress, where those who have been disadvantaged in the past (black, disabled and women) will be given preference during the admission process. The following parameters provide a framework for a inclusive admissions policy:
4.2 Considerations for Admission
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be considered for admission:
4.2.1 An applicant who has entered into a learnership either through the College itself or through a private organization
4.2.2 An applicant who is a first time student in the system who could be entering in at the FET Band and aspires to develop through to the HET Band over a period of time, and has the desire and inclination to learn.
4.2.3 Second chance students who already have a qualification and is interested to further their studies, proof of previous results may be required to be provided.
4.2.4 Students that are entered onto programmes through the organisation they work for, who require the development of their staff to meet organisational objectives and at the same time to develop the skills base of employees.
4.2.5 Students that have been recruited onto a programme by a third party such as the Department of Labour (who may then take responsibility for the quality of student entered onto the programme).
4.2.6 A student may be denied admission where they have a track record of constantly failing and have made no attempt to pass.
4.2.7 A prospective student who incites disruption and violence on the College grounds may not be permitted entry to the College.
4.2.8 Standard Admission – where a student has passed a previous, trimester set of exams, will be eligible to enroll for the next period of learning.
4.3 Administration of Admissions
4.3.1 The Registrar must determine the process of registration for admission to Mbowa College in order to enable the admission of students to take place in a timely and an efficient manner. The College should encourage students to apply for admission before the end of the preceding trimester.
4.3.2 The admission policy of Mbowa College and the administration of admissions may not unfairly discriminate in any way against an applicant for admission.
4.3.3 A student is admitted to the total College programme and may not be suspended from classes, denied access to cultural, sporting or social activities of the College, denied a College report or certificate, or otherwise victimized on the grounds that his or her parent
4. Mbowa College may administer a recruitment and selection process to adhere to the entry level requirements of the qualification.
4.3 Documents Required for Admission of a Student
4.4.1 A student, parent or sponsoring organisation must complete an application form for admission, which should be made available to him or her by Mbowa College, either through a postal request, accessing the internet and going onto the College portal or directly at the College itself. The Registrar is to give students whatever assistance they may require to complete the form.
4.4 Admission of Non - South African Citizens
4.5.1 The South African Schools Act, 1996 and this policy apply equally to students who are not citizens of the Republic of South Africa and whose parents are in possession of a permit for temporary or permanent residence issued by the Department of Home Affairs.
4.5.2 A student who entered the country on a study permit must present the study permit on admission to Mbowa College.
4.5.3 Persons classified as illegal aliens must, when they apply for admission, show evidence that they have applied to the Department of Home Affairs to legalise their stay in the country in terms of the Aliens Control Act, 1991 (No. 96 of 1991).
4.5 Students with Special Education Needs
4.6.1 The rights and wishes of students with special education needs must be taken into account at the admission of the student at Mbowa College. The College is to admit students with special educational needs, in compliance with White Paper 6. The College is to make the necessary arrangements, as far as practically possible, to make their facilities and teaching modes of delivery accessible to such students.
4.6 Age Requirements for the Admission of a Student
4.7.1 A student who is 16 years of age or older and who has never attended school and who is seeking admission for the first time or did not make sufficient progress with his or her peer group, must be advised to enroll at an Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) centre or enroll for an Abet course at Mbowa College.
4.6.2 The College will not discriminate against any student on the basis of their age provided they comply with all the specified requirements as set out in this document.
4.7 Register of Admission
4.8.1 The Registrar at the College must keep a register of admission to the college. All admissions of students to the college must be recorded in electronic system. The data base system must contain the name, date of birth, age, identity number, if applicable, and address of the student as well as the names of the student's parents, sponsoring organisation and their addresses and telephone numbers, where applicable.
4.7.2 Entries in the electronic system of admission must be verified against the identity document of the student concerned.
4.8.3 Officials of the Education Department must have access to the electronic system of admission.
4.8 Rights and Obligations of Parents / Sponsoring Organisations / Prospective students
4.9.1 The College Council must inform all parents, sponsoring organisations of students admitted to the College of their rights and obligations in terms of the South African Schools Act, 1996, and the FET Act of no 16 of 2006 and any applicable provincial law. Parents must specifically be informed about their rights and obligations in respect of the governance and affairs of the College.
4.8.2 Parents / sponsoring organisations have an obligation to support the student to attend College regularly
4.9.3 Prospective students are entitled to impartial information and guidance concerning programmes of study appropriate to their needs and offering the greatest opportunity for success.
4.9.4 Prospective students are entitled to visit the College and view locations of study and relevant facilities.
4.9.5 The College will ensure its commitment in placing students in appropriate programmes through a process which puts the needs of the student before those of institutions and organizations.
4.10 Right to Appeal
4.10.1 Any student or parent / sponsoring organisations of a student who has been refused admission to the College may appeal against the decision to the College Council.