MTN South Africa has partnered with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) to launch a new Online School.
In a statement on Thursday (21 October), the mobile operator said the new online portal is free and provides a “comprehensive digital curriculum for grades R-12 and additional features like video lessons, assessments and extra-tuition lessons for Grade 10 to 12 learners.”
MTN Online School’s curriculum endorsed by DBE
MTN Online School is aimed at increasing digital access to educational content. DBE has provided and endorsed its curriculum for Grades R-12 and for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN).
Speaking during the launch, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said, “The MTN Online School is a fit for purpose digital tool to take our basic education to the next level. The online portal is agile, innovative and modern.”
“Digital transformation takes place within a huge ICT ecosystem and for that ecosystem to flourish, we need young people to be able to access quality teaching and learning essential to play their part in changing the world,” added Godfrey Motsa, MTN SA CEO.
The MTN network houses and supports the new online portal, which is zero data rated for MTN customers – meaning such customers can access it without incurring data charges.
What to expect
The new platform aims to harness the power of online tools to “support teachers in adding value to their lessons, in teaching digital skills and reaching those learners who need additional support,” MTN SA said.
It will also focus on financial skills, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, and career guidance content. It will have a particular focus on key careers that have skills shortages in South Africa.
Learners using the portal will have access to video lessons, with sign language interpreters on hand to accommodate deaf learners.
“The portal includes an introduction to the early childhood development curriculum and African storytelling, with over 2,000 stories, to equip children with good reading skills and improve confidence, enabling them to learn and read independently,” the mobile operator explained.
The online school’s additional features for FET Phase (Grade 10 -12) include:
- Support to learners after-school, on weekends, during school holidays and dedicated lessons leading up to exams.
- A timetable to drive transparency and structure.
- Learners can work at their own pace as lessons will be available on-demand.
- Online tutoring service will be provided to learners via a help function interface.
- Pre-assessments (test existing knowledge).
- Pre-recorded lessons to watch.
- Tutoring sessions.
- Feedback questions to work through.
- Live sessions presented by a teacher, recap of key concepts, focus on weak areas identified by assessments.
- Post assessments.
- Learner analysis reports.
- Learners can also request help at any time, or submit questions via the platform or WhatsApp chat line.
To access the MTN Online School, visit https://www.mtnonlineschool.co.za/login. Learners can register by providing their date of birth and parent’s mobile number. They will also need to create a username and password.
The platform’s mobile app can also be downloaded from Android’s Google Play Store. The iOS version will also be available on the App Store from next week.