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Learning Institution Rescue Covid 19 Trapped SA Tertiary Students

The Covid-19 pandemic and other events over the past 18 months have accelerated existing trends at speeds few could’ve anticipated.

According to UNESCO, by 2025 almost 100 million students will be deprived of higher education simply because there isn’t enough space in existing institutions.

In South Africa, there are an estimated 1,4 million individuals who have completed secondary education but have been unable to enrol in a bachelor’s degree program due to limited seats or financial constraints.

Higher education institutions that have been too slow to transform are now being forced to rethink their approach and develop business models and ethos for a new world in which students are ready for a more flexible and transformative learning environment.

The tuition-free, American-accredited online university, University of the People (UoPeople) understands these challenges. With the endorsement of the University of Cape Town’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng and Wits University’s Emeritus Professor, Barry Dwolatzky, is now reportedly intends to start providing access to free accredited higher education academic courses.

According to the UoPeople press statement, the ultimate aim is to help qualified high school graduates overcome the financial, geographic, political and personal constraints keeping them from university studies.

”With the rapid shift to online learning, there is a unique opportunity to prove that with the right support and training, digital teaching and learning can become successful and ubiquitous even in resource-strapped households, particularly within South Africa’s so-called missing middle student demographic,” 

For this reason, UoPeople offers Bachelor’s degrees in the high job demand academic programmes of Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science as well as a Master’s in Education and an MBA. These programmes were specifically chosen for their real-world relevancy and students can study from anywhere, on any device – even a mobile phone.said UoPeople Shai Reshef

While higher education on its own is not a cure-all for every socio-economic challenge facing South Africa, it can make a significant difference. Disruptive education or education that is delivered in an affordable, accessible and effective way is an empowering alternative for students ready to learn, work and thrive in an uncertain world defined by change.


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