WhatsApp tutoring gives pupils a good head start

GIVING A HELPING HAND: Yamkela Nkomo, centre, gives guidance to Unathi High School pupils who are hoping to enter university in the future, during the tutoring session Picture: SUPPLIED

FORMER Unathi High School pupil, Yamkela Nkomo, is using WhatsApp as a tool kit to help those in need of some guidance with schoolwork.

About two years ago, Nkomo co-founded the non-profit organisation, #SupportaLearner that organisers free tutoring sessions for Grade 10 to 12 pupils at the school which is situated in the Cambridge area. .

“This organisation gives additional support to teachers by tutoring, giving career guidance and emotional support to pupils.

“We launched this programme at Unathi High School two years ago with the purpose of supporting pupils, giving guidance through their school careers.

“We are currently tutoring via a WhatsApp group and do individual tutorial sessions upon request. Pupils add their questions on to the social media group and the tutors include school teachers, university students and working individuals who answer their questions within 48 hours.”

The University of Fort Hare graduate is a BCom Economics and business management postgraduate recipient and director of Yam’íBusiness Solutions.

Nkomo said the NPO started with eight directors, but now she is the only one left.

“Using WhatsApp as a tool to help pupils is convenient, as the youth is familiar with it. I have about approximately 20 pupils who I am tutoring with the help of university students and it is growing,” she said.

“There are some challenges we are facing, such as a not having a venue for classes. “We are currently using Unathi High School as our emergency meeting place.

“I have e-mailed a request to the management of the University of Fort Hare to provide us with space at the new library that will be collaborating with Unisa and Walter Sisulu University.”hich I believe is where #SupportaLearner should be situated to capitalise on the masses of students in university, and to help those that come after them academically,” said Nkomo.

Anyone who is willing to assist can contact Nkomo at 062-793 9262 or e-mail her at nkomzitso@gmail.com

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