Wednesday, March 9, 2016

NACTE to adopt online admission system

The National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) announced recently that it will embark on a new online system for admitting students into colleges and universities starting 2016/2017 academic year. The online application system is called Central Admission System (CAS). The new system will be used to admit students into Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor degree programs. The Council’s Acting Executive Secretary for Institutional Guidance and Support, Dr Adolf Rutayuga said in 2015/2016 academic year, they started using online CAS system to enroll students in health and education for certificate and diploma programs. Dr Rutayuga noted that the council has been working in collaboration with Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) in coordinating enrolment of students in different universities for first degree programs through CAS. He said the online system showed significant success and it helped to reduce the number of applicants with fake certificates as well as costs to students and institutions when applying for different institutions. The other advantage of the new system includes is that eliminates the possibility of one applicant to be enrolled in more than one institution. This enables the government to have correct data on the students who have applied and enrolled to join different higher learning institutions, he said. However, he noted that by recognizing the success, registrations through CAS, the government through Ministry of Education, science, Technology and Vocational Training has decided that all applications for the said program must be filled by using online CAS system. Dr Rutayuga said that anyone interested in applying for studies for the 2016/2017 academic year, applications must be strictly done by using the online CAS system which is supervised by NACTE and TCU.

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