'If a university accepts you, it is saying you can get a degree from there'

Thousands of first-year students are heading to universities to pursue their academic careers.

On Tuesday the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced the National Senior Certificate matric results, where an 81.3% pass rate was achieved.

The Independent Examination Board (IEB) got a 98.82% pass rate.

Joane Joseph speaks to University of Cape Town vice-chancellor professor Mamokgethi Phakeng about the challenges student face and how best they can tackle them.

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The money problems if you are a first-year and Nsfas student, those are not the problems unless if you are planning on drinking and doing other things that demand money unnecessarily.

Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-chancellor - UCT

The issue of a culture shock is there and it is from simple things as it is the first time you get off your village, city or province.

Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-chancellor - UCT

The cultural shock is pretty wide, it is from social issues to academic to relationships and many other issues.

Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-chancellor - UCT

Professor Phakeng advises students to grab any opportunity that presents itself and seek assistance where needed.

Don't worry, don't care that your English is not good enough. Don't care that your accent doesn't sound like model C. Don't worry that you come from a township school.

Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-chancellor - UCT

If any university accepts you they are saying to you you can get a degree from this university. It is in our interests that students pass.

Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-chancellor - UCT

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