Africa faces huge challenges in reforming its education sector. Many people are still not learning what they need to thrive now and in the future. If this situation persists, many African youths will be jobless.
Seeing the need to make a difference in the education sector, Prince Kusi Appiah Banahene, a Ghanaian developer and founder of Scratch Technologies has launched ScratchApp to make the learning process easier for students.
ScratchApp is an educational software designed to help third-year students preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) achieve learning in a smart and innovative way. The software contains tools such as ScratchApp Ace the BECE Technology which allows students to efficiently solve past BECE questions in a fun way in 7 days.
“I believe systems like class tests and so many things can be done with technology. Teachers do not need to mark over 1000 books a day and write lengthy notes to cover the entire board. They copy everything from the Aki Ola textbook to the board for students who already have the books to rewrite into their notebooks. These things must stop and ScratchApp has come to end it” the founder stated in an interview with Digital Times Africa.
“To me, education should go beyond the four classroom walls. The one-size-fits-all must stop. ScratchApp will help us solve so many problems” he added.
Prince believes that whatever the textbooks help students achieve, ScratchApp can achieve too, putting the whole learning experience in the palms of the students.
The ScratchApp English Vocabs for JHS, another tool that will soon be launched, will give students the opportunity to enrich their speech as it seeks to teach them new vocabularies.
The developer is again working on another tool called the Parents Students Teachers Technology (PSTT) Framework. This will put these four in a space where they can support students in their learning amidst the pandemic in an innovative way. The framework will also give parents access to track and monitor the progress of their wards.
Launched in 2015, ScratchApp has served over 3000 students in Ghana.