PataTutor, a Kenyan edtech startup has announced plans to launch an education-based online marketplace to help students learn from home during this pandemic.
The web app to be launched at the end of this month will allow parents and students to find, compare, book, and pay for affordable, verified, and professional private academic tutors. Teachers and students shall have their lessons online (one-on-one or in groups) using integrated online classrooms on the web app.
PataTutor says it will help parents with children whose schools have shut down but have not provided an online learning alternative for their students during the pandemic. Furthermore, the platform will help Kenyan teachers who have taken a big hit and are currently at home without salaries due to the school closures to be able to earn an income.
The platform will feature live online classrooms with a variety of lesson types: one-on-one online tuition lessons, online group lessons, and one-on-one in-person lessons.
Learners with special needs will also be able to use the platform to book lessons with teachers trained to meet their specific needs.
PataTutor will shortlist teachers, vet, interview and have their qualifications and experience verified before being approved to teach on the platform.
The platform will all have teachers ratings and reviews feature as well as an Mpesa payment option which can be done directly on the platform.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite, learning has also been disrupted. The pandemic has resulted in schools shut all across the world with over 1.2 billion children now staying out of the classroom. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.
PataTutor will be hosting an exclusive, invite-only, webinar with a select few of its parents and tutors before its official launch to showcase the platform.