Feb 2023 1st edition

CACH: You can still apply for admission to higher education

Written by More Matshediso

Since its beginning in 2013, the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) has provided thousands of matriculants with a second chance to gain entrance into institutions of higher learning.

CACH is a free service for both applicants and institutions of higher learning.

It was created by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to assist prospective students who want to enter the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) System but might be facing challenges with regard to admission.

According to DHET, this service assists students whose original applications for admission were unsuccessful but subsequently qualifies once their final Grade 12 results are released.CACH provides matriculants a second chance to gain entrance into institutions of higher learning. Picture: Unsplash.com

“The CACH sign-up service collects information of learners with grade 12 results who are seeking placement at a University, University of Technology, or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College at the beginning of the year,” the department explains.

How it works

All public universities, TVET colleges, and SETAs will access the CACH database via the self-service portal to search for individuals that meet the criteria of the spaces still available. The system will send SMS or e-mail to those selected for them to accept or reject an offer.

Once the offer has been accepted, institutions will contact those who accepted the offer directly.

The information drawn from the CACH will be treated with the same level of confidentiality as that of direct applicants by institutions and there will be compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act of 2013.

For students who remain unclear about which career to follow, CACH provides referral service to career advice and information through DHET’s Khetha Career Development Service (CDC). You can get advice on:

  • Careers & learning pathways.
  • Subject choice.
  • Information on supplementary exams.
  • Matric upgrades.
  • Study opportunities offered by the PSET system.
  • Funding and financing options.
  • Information on applications processes and closing dates.
  • Second semester application and registration dates.

CACH sign-up service for this year commenced on 27th of January, following the release of National Senior Certificate results for the class of 2022.

For more information, visit www.dhet.gov.za or call Call Centre Information 0800 87 2222, or email callcentre@dhet.gov.za

You can visit Khetha CDC website: www.careerhelp.org.za or call 086 999 0123, send an SMS or please call me to 072 204 5056, or email careerhelp@dhet.gov.za

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