Former talk radio host Kieno Kammies has been announced as the head of culture at the newly launched University of Cape Town’s online high school. The new school seeks to disrupt private education with a budget-beating offering for grade 8 to 12 pupils from 2022.
“A big part of my role entails making sure the overall culture is welcoming, empowering and uplifting. This essentially allows the strategic imperatives to be realised,” Kammies speaking to IOL.
“The role is about nurturing the culture of the UCT Online High School community. I manage a fireside chat series with UCT faculty and industry experts to help learners bridge the gap from school to university and their careers. We want learners to see how the skills they are learning are applied in the real world, and the immense opportunities that exist for them to have a positive impact on the continent and beyond,” he said.
Kammies will co-host weekly assemblies, run webinars for parents to help navigate the challenges of raising youth in today’s environment and assist with leadership and mentorship of the school community.
The UCT Online High School plans to serve South African learners across a broad range of socio-economic means, giving them the opportunity to study at a fee of R2 095 per month.
The school will be available to pupils throughout the world, and is said to be one of the most affordable private schools.