UCT’s new online high school is hiring – here’s what they are looking for

The University of Cape Town’s online high school has seen a significant uptake since launching in July and is now hiring for over 300 positions to meet growing demand.

The online high school, which was launched as a joint venture alongside the Valenture Institute, has seen more than 5,000 learner applications for January 2022, the institution said.

It is now looking to hire over 300 new staff members to meet this influx of learners. The job openings include:

  • Teachers;
  • Mentors & learning coaches;
  • Teaching assistants;
  • Software developers;
  • Content creators;
  • Learning designer.

All available positions can be accessed for online applications here.

“Employees of Valenture Institute & UCT Online High School have access to a variety of work benefits such as a family member tuition discount, remote work, voluntary saving programme, birthday leave, wellness Wednesdays, meditation sessions and referral bonuses,” the university said.

It added that all applicants can expect a six-stage online recruitment process, as follows:

  • Find a job you’re interested in and fill in the online application form;
  • Complete a 10-18 minute assessment with your details;
  • Conduct a video interview;
  • Get a feel for the future job by doing a role-based assignment;
  • Ask and answer questions in a live interview with your prospective team members;
  • Sign the offer letter.

The UCT online high school has been designed to service South African learners from various socioeconomic means.

It offers a CAPS-aligned curriculum with learners in grades 8-11 from anywhere in the world able to study for a monthly fee of R2,095. Grade 12 will be offered from 2023, the school said.

In addition, the curriculum will be made available from January 2022 for free in an interactive online platform called the Open UCT Free Curriculum. Free content users will be issued a learner number to save their unique learning path and data, with unlimited logins permitted.

Learners have full access to a curriculum where they can progress at their own pace through expert-designed notes, videos, animations, simulations, and practice assignments.


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