Moving your child from a physical school to a personalised online learning system might be an unnerving thought. The main concern, amongst others, would be if this new way is right for your child.
Well, you, and your child, would be the best people to answer this question on a personal level. As far as experience goes, UCT Online High School can offer that almost anyone will thrive in this environment. With a little discipline, the right equipment and a positive mindset, your child can be set up for success in an ever-changing world.
Discipline is taught and learnt. And whether or not your child has acquired this skill, they can certainly get there. It is by offering a personalised pace and mastery-based progression that ensures that learners fully grasp each level before moving on to the next. This, along with Teachers and Support Coaches, who monitor children’s progress and help them set goals and schedules, ensures that some discipline is learnt and practised.
The rise of remote and hybrid jobs, the rapid growth of technology and the scarcity of talent, especially in our country, have made digital competence and being able to work on your own compulsory. Building this muscle early will prove beneficial, either directly in their employment should the tech bug bite, they work from home, choose to be part of the gig economy or when they decide to further their education as a working professional. They will be equipped.
Learners are often not sufficiently guided to choose a profitable career path that’s in line with their interests and abilities. This leads to the high first-year university failure rate, changing their courses midway and, in extreme cases, completely dropping out of their tertiary studies.
This, and just not being ready for the independent-study nature of higher learning institutions shows the clear predicament that the youth face in their transition into tertiary education — with over 9600 of them citing academic unpreparedness as the primary reason for dropping out. Clearly, something is not working.
This is where UCT Online High School sets itself apart with Grade 9 subject choice talks, helping students choose careers based on their subject choice and career opportunities, and university application assistance, especially at one of the best in Africa, the University of Cape Town. These measures, in addition to the high school’s teaching systems, better equips learners for further education.
A traditional school comes with the necessary infrastructure. The flat fee of R2095 p/m, comes with all the materials your child needs. The only cost to you is a comfortable chair with adequate back support, a desk, stable internet connection on a reliable computer in a safe and conducive environment. And some stationery.
If your child is determined to succeed, between them and the school’s support teams, they can create an optimal space for a fantastic high school experience. The foundation of discipline that they will get from learning online will foster independence early and prove fruitful as they set out for varsity and eventually work.