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On your marks, get set, the bad performers can go!

Meanwhile, billions of rand are owed to tertiary institutions around SA in outstanding fees

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A Unisa student has earned the dubious honour of not completing a four-year degree despite being registered for it since 2000, an extreme example of debt-ridden universities battling to decide when to disallow under-achievers from registering.

The university confirmed in a statement that the student, who has been registered for the same degree for the longest time, has enrolled for it again this year. Unisa allows a maximum period of eight and 10 years respectively, for the completion of three-year and four-year programmes. Its rules are more lenient than other institutions because it mainly has part-time students who work full-time.

The North West University last week said a total of 270 of its final year students with outstanding fees have not yet been registered because they have not performed well academically. Spokesperson Louis Jacobs said these included 108 students who have an academic average of less than 50% and who owe the institution R2.6m...

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