The pass rate for Ordinary (O) and Advanced (A) level examinations is 32.8% in Zimbabwe. This is due to a chronic shortage of teachers, which causes a high student to teacher ratio and overcrowded classrooms. In turn, it leads to gaps in knowledge and low retention of information. Students then have difficulties passing their examinations. These examinations determine the selection criteria of most universities and colleges as well as the future trajectory of the students.
PeerEd is the solution! It offers a peer-to-peer subject and examination based tutorship. The first step requires both peer student and peer tutor to sign up on the platform. Subjects found in the Cambridge and ZIMSEC syllabus are presented on this platform (eg. Biology). When the peer student has a question, it can choose the subject category and ask its question through text, pictures or voice notes. The question is then automatically sent to a peer tutor who can respond with pictures, text and/or a voice note. The peer tutors are selected based on their performance on an initial entrance examination and relevant qualification in the form of diplomas and certificates The response is only sent back to the peer student when at least two tutors have themselves verified the correctness of the answer. The peer student can grade and rate the peer tutors’ response, based on the detail on the response, and this grade is then used to rank the peer tutors efforts. To incentivize the tutor’s participation, the tutors with the highest rankings based on quality and quantity will be given a mobile data bundle at the end of the month.
There is a chronic shortage of teachers, therefore students are our only resource. Peer-students: similar discourse allows greater understanding. Peer-tutors: tutorship reinforces their own understanding.
We offer specialised and specific tutoring on questions and topics based on the Cambridge and ZIMSEC syllabus.
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