The University of Cape Town (UCT) is expanding its education initiatives with the announcement of a brand new ‘online high school’ starting in January 2022.
This marks the first time a university on the African continent extends to secondary schooling.
Here’s what you need to know about the UCT Online High School:
– This will be a fully supported online high school from R2 095 per month
– Will offer personalized timetable and education for every learner with support from expert teachers and mentors.
– It’s free! This will be a free online interactive school curriculum for any teacher and learner to use for a broad range of South African CAPS subjects (from January 2022 onwards).
– Will offer matric rewrite programmes and alternative university credit programmes to provide South Africans with affordable pathways to access tertiary opportunities.
Admission applications for the school are open and classes will commence in January 2022 (Grade 8 to 12).
Grade 12 will be offered for the first time in 2023.
To make this happen UCT partnered with the Valenture Insitute, an education technology company based in Cape Town.
Robert Paddock, the chief executive of Valenture, says: “Bold moves are required to address the many challenges facing the education sector in South Africa. We are thrilled to partner with UCT to launch this timely initiative to become the first University on the African continent to extend its expertise and impact to the secondary schooling market through an innovative online modality.”
The Online High School will be accessible to all learners, including those from disadvantaged communities.
This dynamic ecosystem will include a series of blended learning micro-schools for learners who need the safety of physical space, as well as access to reliable hardware and an internet connection to complete their studies