The University of Cape Town launches the first online high school in Africa. Image: Supplied

UCT is the first university in Africa to launch an online high school

The University of Cape Town is making history as the university breaks boundaries in Africa by launching the continent’s first-ever online high school.


The University of Cape Town launches the first online high school in Africa. Image: Supplied

The University of Cape Town (UCT) announced on Wednesday 21 July that it will be launching an online high school. This exciting news makes UCT the first University in Africa to extend themselves and make a dramatic impact on secondary schooling.


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that UCT can lead with innovative responses and imagination, however the pandemic has also brought a number of issues that our education system faces to light.

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, where the academic excellence of UCT can be extended to high school learners across the country

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

The UCT online school will create endless opportunities for students across South Africa.

Professor Phakeng also mentions that part of UCT’s vision is about giving South Africans the tools to unleash their own potential to help create a fair and just society.

“The most important tool every South African needs is affordable, quality education that will qualify them for employment or a university degree.”


UCT has partnered with a Cape Town based technology company, Valenture Institute for their online high school. Valenture’s proprietary learning technology, analytics and learner support model is at the forefront of online and blended learning.

Valenture Institute’s CEO Robert Paddok expressed that the company is delighted and humbled to partner with Africa’s top university on the ground-breaking initiative.

The UCT Online High School has been designed to service South African learners from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds.


The UCT Online High School offers a CAPS-aligned curriculum, and enables learners in grades 8 – 12 in any corner of the globe with the opportunity to study at a monthly fee of R2,095 per month, making it one of the most affordable private schools in the country.

Admissions for the UCT Online High School open on 21 July, with classes kicking off in January 2022, after which learners will be able to enroll at any time, from wherever they are in the world.

Learners will benefit from the UCT Online High School’s supported self-discipline model, which allows learners to pace their own learning and get high quality 1:1 tutoring from expert teachers and support coaches whenever they need it. Learners will also be prepared with a unique range of university and career preparation services and offerings.

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