Tech helping South Africa overcome Educational Crisis

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The South African education sector has for a long time been enmeshed in serious crisis ranging from hike in school fees to claims that the system has become dysfunctional. However, amidst all this crisis, technology is rearing its head as the superhero saving the country’s educational sector by proffering new and innovative approach through e-learning.

At the forefront of this movement is Dr. Christine Ortiz, who left her job as Dean of Graduate Education in MIT to set up a research university that will have no majors, no lectures, and no classrooms, placing tech at the heart of education.

Ortiz’s view is that higher education system in many countries is still stuck in the Middle Ages. With poor performance, low productivity and irrelevant curricular that do not address skills gaps, she believes these are signs the system has failed generally.


Christine Ortiz

StudentHub, is also another South African based edu-tech startup providing academic solutions to students in order to make accessing and comprehending course content simpler, and ultimately increase student productivity and performance. According to its founder,  the hub will be launching its digital productivity and performance platform, ERAOnline for students in the first quarter of 2017.

Other companies such as Obami, Rethink Education, Rekindle Learning are attempting to redefine how education is provided and increase access to learning. This is a movement that is not unusual to South Africa as Ed-tech has been on the rise recently. According to UNESCO, South African e-learning market has doubled in size between 2o11 and 2016.

The utilization of technology in the provision of education serves two major purposes. I t would allow universities to deliver more targeted, easily updated education in a manner that modern students are more comfortable with. And, crucially by automating processes it would help to bring down operating costs and help make university more affordable to underprivileged sectors of the society.










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