PataTutor: Rising to the Covid-19 education challenge
By Johnson Mwangangi
We have been facing the Covid-19 pandemic both on a global and local level. The pandemic has brought almost everything to a standstill, and one of the most affected sectors is the education sector, with all schools being closed.
Teachers, especially those working in private schools have been left on the edge, as most their schools have had to shut down operations completely because the situation is marred with uncertainty. Especially for those situated on hired premises.
However, hard times present challenges that present innovators and entrepreneurs step up to the plate for a chance to provide solutions to the problem. With that in mind, a Kenyan startup, PataTutor, has raised to the challenge and launched an online marketplace that allows users to find, compare, book and pay for tutors, to have lessons conducted online.
Founded in February 2020, just as the Corona virus was taking center stage across the globe, it has been made available to the public for the last one month. PataTutor has developed a web application that allows parents and students to connect with affordable, verified, and professional private academic tutors.
In differentiating itself from other existing platforms, PataTutor allows teachers and students to have their lessons take place online, via the platform’s integrated online classrooms.
“Parents will therefore be able to book one-on-one private tuition lessons to help their kids improve their performance or help them prepare for exams. For students who have been stuck at home due to school closures, we will also have group classes that will be covering the curriculums of local Kenyan and British syllabi,” Kelvin Dol, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of PataTutor, told Gilitics Media.
“PataTutor 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,” he added.
PataTutor has gained notoriety and has plans to seek more funding to enable them gain some noticeable traction in the local market. They have interviewed over 400 tutors thus far, and approved about 10 per cent of the candidates. They have set high standards for the kind of tutors they have, in a bid to offer quality online teaching services.