University Student Takes Secondary School Lessons Online
A fourth-year student at the University of Malawi, Mark Christopher Pakanati, has taken an initiative of producing video tutorials on secondary school lessons and upload them online.
Pakanati who is pursuing Bachelor of Education in Biological Sciences says the initiative aims at reaching out to secondary school students with simplified lessons.
“It's my desire to cover every topic in every subject at secondary and primary school syllabus. However, my initiative lacks public attention as it is my mission to reach every student across the nation.
“I am also looking for support or partnership from various stakeholders so that I can live my dream of improving education,” he said.
Pakanati says he needs support to reach every student across the nation.
“For instance, I don't have my own laptop to use for video production. I borrow the laptop from a friend whenever I receive queries from students to address particular topic.
“As a needy student, sometimes I struggle to settle data charges when uploading the videos on platforms. I rely on campus WiFi which sometimes doesn't work when in need. When I am on holiday, I need enough funds for Internet bundles,” he said.
He says he started the initiative in 2021 whereby he uploads the lessons on Facebook and Youtube under the name Unique Online Classes Malawi and offers them for free.
“I'm covering all subjects in both English and Chichewa. I do this for the benefit of high school students and those who are not well conversant with English.
“The primary purpose of the initiative is to help students to teach themselves in cases of academic breaks such as COVID-19 and holidays,” he said.