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Nigerian edtech start-up Edves has announced that its school management solution is now utilised in 1 300 schools in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Zambia.
Edves co-founder and chief executive Dimeji Falana made the announcement at the 2022 Edves Catalyst programme. According to him, the company’s portal allows school owners to know school fee defaulters and set reminders among other things.
He said, “We decided to build the technology that will power schools so that as population increases, we’ll be able to have a system to manage learning delivery, administration, academics.
“There are schools that can actually manage maybe 100 students with pen and paper. By the time it gets to several 100 students the technology will be there to help to manage finance, to manage attendance, homework, lesson notes, and everything. And we are doing this with a vision of reimagining the education system generally and making learning simple.”
Edves reduces teacher admin
In September 2021, Edves raised a $575 000 seed funding round to bring more schools online. The platform reduces teacher and administrator workload and gives them opportunities to mark attendance and prepare classroom lessons using AI algorithms.
While speaking at the conference, some education experts said there was a need for a review of the nation’s education curriculum. They said the nation was running its education based on an old and obsolete curriculum but now needs a curriculum that will include the teaching of information technology from primary school.