JONATHAN JANSEN | UCT’s online school: Admirable maybe. Equal opportunity? Definitely not

UCT deserves credit for its new online school, but let’s face it, it’s for the middle class, not the poor

2021-07-29 07:40:00 AM

UCT deserves credit for its new online school, but let’s face it, it’s for the middle class, not the poor

UCT deserves credit for its new online school, but let’s face it, it’s for the middle class, not the poor

28 July 2021 - 18:52When I first learnt about the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) new online school I was very excited and did an immediate “shout out” for the initiative to my 122,000+ Twitter followers. After all, there are so few bright new ideas about how to change the education futures of schoolchildren, especially from our 26 public universities. Then I took a closer look and, to be honest, I am no longer as enthusiastic about this much-heralded innovation.

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Let me start, though, by making clear that our universities have a long tradition of working with schools out of a sense of public duty and pure self-interest — we need well-prepared pupils as first-year enrolments. Stellenbosch University has a celebrated telematics programme that has opened opportunities for “geographically dispersed students”. The University of the Free State (UFS) engaged in a huge schools turnaround programme that targeted principal leadership alongside the deployment of expert teachers as in-classroom partners to regular teachers to improve learning in science and mathematics. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has two schools — the UJ Metropolitan Academy for disadvantaged pupils, recently designated as a “high tech and innovation” focus school, and the Funda UJabule Primary School on its Soweto campus that also serves as a live training centre for teachers (like hospitals give practise training to medical students). Wonderful, the more the merrier. Or is it?..

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Very true! More so like the former model c schools which charge exorbitant fees to frustrate the majority of black learners from accessing education!!! They deserve credit without the “but”. Niyithanda gqitha intlupheko! We don’t even know if they will be providing data and laptop for kids.. Education isn't about poor or middle class. It's a matter of sacrifice by parents, denying themselves some of the goodies to educate their children. Talking from experience. You want your child educated....sacrifice and determination. This thing of middle class is annoying.

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