The University of Cape Town (UCT), in partnership with Cape Town-based education technology company, Valenture Institute, is set to become the first African tertiary institution to extend its expertise to secondary schooling with its 2022 online high school launch.
The venture creates new opportunities for diverse learners and follows the example of international universities, such as Stanford's Online High School, which has seen academic excellence extended to high school students.
"The University of Cape Town is committed to playing our part in addressing the systemic challenges facing our education system. As a result, we have taken the bold step to launch an innovative online high school in January 2022... The UCT Online High School will create a new opportunity for learners across South Africa to choose an aspirational school and unleash their potential," says UCT's vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.
Providing the UCT Online High School with learning technology, analytics, and learner support is partners Valenture Institute.
"We're delighted and humbled to partner with UCT on this ground-breaking initiative," said Valenture's CEO, Robert Paddock.
Admissions for the UCT Online High School open on 21 July 2021, with classes commencing in January 2022.
Free resources for teachers and learners
In addition, the entire curriculum will be made available for free in an interactive online platform called the Open UCT Online High School.
Users of the free content have full access to a self-paced curriculum through expert-designed interactive notes, videos, animations, simulations, practise assignments, quizzes and more.
The interactive content is intuitively organised, and easily searchable, making it an excellent resource for teachers and learners around the country to benefit from.
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