UCT exchanges ideas with high schools

15 October 2010 | Story by Newsroom

VC & principalsPolicy matters: UCT management met with principals of feeder schools. From left is UCT's Carl Herman, Riyaadh Najaar of Spine Road High, Keith Richardson of Wynberg Boys' High, Bruce Probyn of Herschel, UCT's Dr Jonathan Stark, VC Dr Max Price, Greg van Schalkwyk of the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology, Shirly Harding of Wynberg Girls' High, David de Korte of Camps Bay High, Denzyl Witbooi Hector Peterson Senior Secondary, and UCT's Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo.

UCT strengthened its relationship with local high schools when vice-chancellor, Dr Max Price, hosted a lunch for principals from some of UCT's feeder-schools on 12 October.

Price was accompanied by deputy vice-chancellor Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo; Schools Development Unit director, Dr Jonathan Clark; and Admissions director, Carl Herman; and met with representatives from Herschel School, Wynberg Boys' High School, Wynberg Girls' High School, Camps Bay High School, Hector Peterson Senior Secondary School, Spine Road High School and the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology.

It was a third such meeting with schools this year. The aim is to cement relationships with the schools, to get feedback on how UCT is perceived by teachers, and to allow principals to raise issues relevant to the university.

Herman said afterwards that discussions at these meetings centred on UCT's admission policy, with principals expressing their views on the issues involved. Price stated that UCT's goal is to be transparent with respect to policy, and that the university is working to move away from race as the sole proxy for disadvantage.

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