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Remedial Teaching System - RTS - Tools for Quality EFA

Remedial Teaching System (RTS) - Tool for Quality Education for All

A lot has been done in achieving education for all (EFA) but the quality has not been keeping pace. The disadvantaged areas are most likely to suffer due to lack of sufficient qualified teachers, poor infrastructures and inadequate supply of instructional materials. Statistics from UNESCO and other international organisations show a shocking picture of illiteracy in schools and in communities.  Adult and youth illiteracy is extremely high, around 774 million people where two-third are women. There is a huge gap between rich and poor in most developing countries. Data on literacy tells us that around 175 million young people living in low and lower middle income countries, a quarter of youth population in these countries, have shown the inability to read all or part of a sentence.  In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of young people are not able to read.

 

57 million children are still failing to learn basic skills in literacy and numeracy, simply because they are not  in school or not getting adequate education. In fact, access is not the only crisis in developing countries; poor quality is holding back learning even  for those who make it to school. One third of primary school age children are not learning the basics, whether they have been to school or not.

RTS — what is all about?

The model we developed is supporting schools to implement the remedial teaching through eLearning and mLearning to help learners to revisit topics, chapters or entire subject in a specific Grade. Through this system, learners can access quality learning materials made freely available to them and then fill the gap where they are lacking required competencies. For example, a learner in Grade 8 having serious challenges in fractions can access content in Grades 4 and 5 to interact with the fractions learning materials and then take assessment to improve the knowledge and skills in this topic. Doing so, the learner will be able to improve his/her understanding of equations of first degree for example.