Wits cancels annual Focus Day.

Open Day cancelled

High School students who were expecting to experience a day of university with their peers from other schools will be disappointed to know that Wits University has cancelled the annual Focus Day for 2016.

The university is posting all its admissions information on its website and on social media.

“We need to move with the times and reach prospective students where they are searching for information – online or via their electronic devices,” said the head of marketing, Ferna Clarkson.

Clarkson said the university was improving the online experience for the web and social media to reach this audience.

Last year about 12 000 learners from high schools in Gauteng and other provinces attended the Focus Day, more commonly known as Open Day, which was part of the university’s recruitment strategy as well as an opportunity for learners to visit and see the campus.

Learners who attend Open Day do not meet minimum requirements

According to the university a lot of the learners who have attended Focus Day in the past did not qualify to come to Wits. One reason for this was that they did not take maths as a matric subject and many of the university’s programmes require maths.

“From feedback within faculties many of the students who come to Wits do not come as a result of having attended a Focus Day,” said Clarkson. She added that the students who were eventually accepted by the university found their information online and used other sources of information.

Other alternatives 

Clarkson said that schools that wanted to come to campus could still do so by booking a campus tour and anyone could visit the campus as a visitor and get help from the Student Enrolment Centre.

The school liaison team also visits schools in the different provinces and attends career expos to provide learners with information throughout the year.