The University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched a university-based online high school in partnership with the Valenture Institute, an education technology company that has developed its own proprietary online model.
“The UCT online high school ecosystem has been designed to service South African learners from a broad range of socioeconomic means,” the university said.
It offers a CAPS-aligned curriculum and enables learners in grades 8 – 12 in any corner of the globe the opportunity to study at a monthly fee of R2,095.
Admissions for the UCT Online High School opened on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, with classes commencing in January 2022, after which learners will be able to enrol at any time, from anywhere in the world.
The university said that learners will benefit from a supported self-discipline model, which allows them to pace their own learning while receiving one-on-one tutoring from expert teachers and support coaches whenever they need it.
Students will also be provided with a range of university and career preparation services and offerings.
In addition, the entire curriculum will be made available for free on an interactive online platform, the tertiary institution said. Users of this free content will be issued with a learner number to save their learning path and data, with unlimited logins permitted.
Learners will have full access to expert-designed interactive notes, videos, animations, simulations, practise assignments, quizzes and more.
“The University of Cape Town is committed to playing our part in addressing the systemic challenges facing our education system,” said UCT’s vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.
“As a result, we have taken the bold step to launch an innovative online high school in January 2022, where the academic excellence of UCT can be extended to high school learners across the country.”