In the wake of the corona virus pandemic, most schools are now closed and students are being encouraged to utilize online learning resources so as not to be severely affected by the pandemic. One such firm that’s taking things a notch higher is the Snapplify application by offering free access to ebooks as well as revision papers.
The development is of course beneficial to only those kids with access to the internet, mostly within urban centers here in Kenya as remote areas are barely covered. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered closure of all schools amid the anticipated spread of the corona virus considering its highly contagious and can spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes of infected persons.
Even though some students have tried to make good out of the current unfortunate situation, the challenge has always been the ability to access learning materials as they try to catch-up for the reminder of the school term.
To mitigate the current situation, education tech-solution Snapplify is offering 49,000 e-books and revision materials to Kenyans for free. These books include readers in English and Kiswahili while the revision materials comprise past papers from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).
Speaking on behalf of Snapplify, the account manager for Kenya Joan Muse said the platform had revision materials and marking schemes for 8.4.4, Cambridge as well as CGC curriculums.
Snapplify also stocks Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and 8.8.4 books that are available at subsidized prices. The education biased tech firm at the moment has competency-based curriculum books from 12 publishers all whom it says are accredited by government to supply the market. They are listed in an official roster known as the Orange Book.
She also acknowledged of there being negotiations to include materials from the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) on the platform as well.
On top of e-book and revision materials, the platform offers interactive content in subjects such as Maths, Physics, Chemistry, English and Accounts. In subjects like Biology for example has a 3D video that takes learners through the digestive tract from the time food enters the mouth up to when it is fully digested and waste exits through the anus.
There’re currently 555 schools that have registered on its platform to aid learners keep track with school work. It’s therefore no surprise that in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, Muse notes their platform has seen a steady increase on their platform’s usage in comparison as before.