By UCJ UI
Despite the physical teacher-student interaction in secondary schools which is touted as the best way to enhance learning, more quality education-driven initiatives still need to be carried out to facilitate learning and boost students’ academic performance. It is no news that some students struggle to comprehend academic works in physical classroom settings due to limitations ranging from over-crowding, noise, insufficient learning materials and many more.
These challenges which have often times been seen to affect only public secondary school students in the country are fast becoming unstrange among private secondary schools students. Thus, quick effective steps need to be taken to reawaken and revitalise students’ interest in learning.
In Nigeria, huge percentage of students fail to pass WAEC and UTME successfully, with students either becoming lacklustre to further their education or even committing suicide. This problem has been largely traced to lack of quality educational contents that can increase students’ performance in learning.
It is against this backdrop that a team of six University of Ibadan students headed by Isola Precious,others including, Michael Awoyemi, Ezekeil Jacobs, Banji Titilope, Israel Kowobari and Sonibare Kayode launched Ileemore e-learning platform to enhance students’ academic performance in Nigeria and other West African countries.
Established in 2018, this platform has accommodated over 1000 students across five English-speaking West African countries namely; Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and the success recorded has been fascinating.
With quality educational contents provided for 500 students who took UTME in 2018, the team recorded a 90% pass rate and also had a 5- 18% increase in passing scores for those that have sat for the examination before. Students using this platform have also reached out to the team, acknowledging them for the easy access to learning contents, the team’s head and founder, Isola Precious said.
To maintain this virtual platform requires huge financial support; the Tony Elumelu Grant the team won in 2017 enabled them to kick-start. The team, however, leverages on technology to make learning affordable, according to Precious.
He further said the BAYI initiative—Bode Akindele YIELD (Youth, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Development)—established by the late Bode Akindele helped saw to the realization of the learning platform.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka, also acknowledged the support of BAYI in the launching of the virtual learning platform.
In his tribute to the late Bode Akindele, the VC wrote: “One of significant learning innovations by BAYI students is an e-learning platform launched by Ishola Precious, which enables students and teachers to sign up and prepare for the UTME. It is a pre-COVID innovation which has recorded 90% success among 500 applicants.”
With the disruption in academic activities caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, this platform provides learning content to students for free; so students can continue learning at their own convenience. Contents are designed to enable students to take test on certificate examinations past questions and get well-detailed answers. Students can take test based on the topics they learn and get quality feedbacks from tutors.
Isola Precious also understands that students’ limited access to the internet can reduce their participation on the platform. To resolve this, the team is working on a hardware plan, he said.
“Users will only use our product to the extent that they have access to it. For instance, if a user does not have a smartphone of their own, they will find it difficult to assess or be active on our platform. To overcome this, we want to include a hardware plan in our subscription. We also partner with schools to solve this problem.”
Recently, Ileemore e-learning platform emerged as one of the ten winners of the EduTrust Challenge by the EduTrust Foundation.