UCT's Phakeng dragged online for 'nasty' response to potential student

UCT's Phakeng dragged online for 'nasty' response to potential student

- South Africans were not happy with a response UCT Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng penned online to a potential student

- Phakeng told the pupil to "go to another university" and it did not sit well with Mzansi

- However, the UCT vice-chancellor took to social media to share her side of the story

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The vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town landed herself in hot water with a reply she made to the request of a potential student.

Mamokgethi Phakeng was chatting with potential UCT students and parents on Sunday when a Instagram user, Leedlaminii, asked if one's Grade 12 marks could improve the chances of getting accepted into UCT if the Grade 11 marks were not so great.

Phakeng responded to the question and has since been dragged for it online. She wrote:

“My suggestion is that you go to another university that will accept your level of results. Don’t stress yourself.”

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Social media users immediately dubbed the UCT Vice-Chancellor's reply "nasty" and unacceptable. However, Phakeng has since cleared up what seems to be a misunderstanding, Briefly.co.za gathered.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, Phakeng said she thought she was speaking to a Grade 12 pupil and she wanted to encourage them not to give up hope if they're not accepted to study at UCT.

She captioned the post:

"Many concerned people sent me this picture and my response is clearly not appropriate for a Grade 11 student. I give this response to those who didn’t do well in matric. In trying to assist matriculants I thought this was a Grade 12 student. See my explanation on the DM screenshot."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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