Majority schools in the Nairobi county and in Nyeri have developed online applications which are ensuring students especially candidates set to sit for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) continue with their studies using their parent’s smart phones and laptops as normal.
Due to the situation Video conferencing is now a talk of the town. Students and teachers are advising wash other on the importance of these app called Zoom and how best it can be used. What’s app video calls can also be used.
Other Videoconferencing tools deployed included Zoom, Skype and Google in classes running from 8 o’clock in morning to late in the afternoon.
At Stella Maris Othaya Girls Secondary School in Nyeri, the administration has developed an application called“classes without walls” which is ensuring over 200 Form IV candidates continue with learning in virtual classes.
Madam Jane Njuguna, the School Principal, said that the program had attained a ninety-five per cent success threshold. She exuded confidence on the preparedness of candidates in the institution to sit for KCSE exams.
Here is what she says “We started this app last year to enable our candidates revise in a pool for better results. But with closure of schools due to COVID-19 we realized that we can still teach and that’s is why our students are benefitting,” said Njuguna.
She however says that the program has a myriad of challenges coming with it. These including unstable internet connections that has in some cases rendered the online learning platform inaccessible to some students.
“I want to say that although this program is working but we have some students who are unable to participate. This could be as a result of network problems. However, we are storing the same in our website so that when they came back, and they will also get the same content and catch up,” said Njuguna
She said each student is required to join the class with respective teachers taking a roll call to register absentees.
Some Nairobi teachers found in session, said they were able to interact with all their students through the application and respond to questions raised by individual learners.
Despite the closure of schools, congratulations to our esteemed teachers who have the heart to continue educating our future leaders. The ministry of education just the other day noted the of form majority teachers and appreciated the work through a circular.
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