Secondary school students get digital platform to facilitate practice in math, science courses

By IGIHE
On 4 May 2021 at 01:31

Mastercard Foundation in partnership with Siyavula, an educational technology company headquartered in South Africa have introduced to Rwanda, a digital platform helping secondary school students to revise mathematics and science courses.

Siyavula opened doors to Rwanda in 2020. It already has operations in Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa where it helps students to attend exercises in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics to students from Senior 1 to 4.

A student registered under the technology, is required to visit Siyavula website where she/he can attend to exercises related to designated courses.

The platform has questions and default answers to guide students.

The technology helps students to revise courses and teachers to identify areas that need much attention.

Students from King David Academy who talked to IGIHE have revealed that the technology is helpful to their education.

“This technology helps me to prepare for exams and attend to enough exercises to get deeper understanding especially in Physics,” said Sesonga Brian Bugingo.

“ Siyavula has been helpful to me especially during the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. When a student didn’t catch everything in class, Siyavula helps to get further exercises to get familiar with particular module,” noted Anaise Norah Umwangange, a first year student.

Nawugaba Stephen, a teacher of Physics at the school has explained that Siyavula helps him to assess how students have understood the course.

“Siyavula has many exercises which I use to gauge how students understood explanations. I take them to the computer lab for practice and allocate more time until there is no gap,” he said.

Currently, Siyavula works with nine schools in Rwanda including King David Academy, Lycée Notre Dame de Cîteaux, Collège Saint André, Groupe Scolaire Gahini, Group Scolaire Nsanga, Groupe Scolaire Duha, Groupe Scolaire Bumba, Group Scolaire Juru and Group Scolaire Bigugu.

Over 21 000 students from 800 schools in Rwanda have signed up to Siyavula.

During a recent visit held at King David Academy on 29th April 2021, the company’s management said that they plan to introduce the technology to all schools if everything goes well.

“We have faced several challenges to introduce the technology whereby many schools don’t have internet while others have inadequate computers. That is why we started with private schools and others with adequate resources. We are however planning to introduce the technology to all schools in Rwanda,” explained Chiara Walsh, the Project Manager at Siyavula Rwanda.

Habimana Jean Damascene, one of representatives of Siyavula Rwanda highlighted that the technology paves the way for improved performance and urged more schools to embrace it because it is free of charge for students.

Interested users make registration via rw.siyavula.com to enjoy the technology.

Siyavula also organizes monthly competitions where it awards outstanding teachers and students with smartphones and airtime.

The company is also planning for another competition scheduled in June 2021 to award outstanding teachers and students with different prizes including a laptop as the grand prize.

Students or teachers interested to learn about Siyavula can reach the company on 0789 068 321.

Students at King David Academy during practical exercises.
The technology helps students to revise courses and teachers to identify areas that need much attention.
A student registered under the technology, is required to visit Siyavula website where she/he can attend to exercises related to designated courses.
Chiara Walsh, the Project Manager at Siyavula Rwanda.

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