Company launches Offline E-learning in Masvingo

Simbarashe Mtembo

MIRROR REPORTER 

MASVINGO – In a major development to circumvent the problem of the need to buy airtime in order for children to research and study a Harare based company is launching an off-line E-learning system in Masvingo through a programme that is supported by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Gotronics Africa Incorporated is rolling out the offline E-learning application for ECD A up to Form 4 pupils. The application will obviously bridge the nagging gap between children from poor backgrounds and those from rich backgrounds.

Gotronics supervisor Carlfnos Chimanga confirmed this development in an in interview with The Mirror on Monday.

The Gotronics Study system (Studysys) application is loaded with the new curriculum and does not require data but a US$3 subscription valid for 90 days.

The application offers 10 questions per each subject daily, study notes and has a monitoring and assessment platform for parents to trace their children’s performance, said Chimanga. 

Studysys is being rolled this week at Victoria Junior, Runyararo Adventist, Chikato and Don Bosco, Hillside and Runyararo West Primary schools.  The application is also available on Google Play store; parents can also access it freely at the above mentioned schools’ computer labs. 

The application is designed to enhance teaching methodologies and its size ranges between 90 and 120 megabytes. 

“There is also a platform where parents can monitor their children’s performance and tell their teachers the areas that the child should improve in. The questions are computer generated and some are from past examination papers,” said Chimanga. 

The company has a database of over 12 000 registered users from at least 35 schools across the country, said Chimanga.

“This application bridges the gap between A schools and the rest because it does not need data and can be accessed from even the most remote areas. The application for Advanced Level is being designed and will be launched soon. We launched Studysys in 2015 and have been installing it for pupils at private schools. We partnered the Ministry of Education in 2021 after doing a six-month trial run in rural Chiweshe.

“We currently have over 12 000 pupils from 35 schools that we have visited. Parents can register from wherever they are for US$3 or the equivalent. After installing and registering the application, one gets a unique 10 digit code to activate the application,” said Chimanga.

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