– 23 September 2010

Pupils get exam help on Mxit

A think tank is offering tutoring on a popular mobile phone platform after a nation wide teachers’ strike left final year students unprepared for exams.

With final exams in a month, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is concentrating on math and sending its lessons on Mxit, which provides instant messaging services on mobile phones. Students can interface on their phones or download information from the website.

Laurie Butgereit, who is overseeing the tutoring effort, says Mxit is cheap and efficient – more than 1000 messages can be sent for R1.

Butgeriet says its “a perfect opportunity for South Africa to roll up its sleeve and help final year students”. - AP