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ZIMSEC O level Maths Paper 2 Supposedly Leaked

ZIMSEC O level maths paper 2 allegedly leaked


Free eLearning platform launched for all African countries

A German-backed free e-Learning platform called Atingi was recently launched in order to (among other things) fill the gap created by COVID-19. The pandemic left school kids on the continent without access to education and so Atingi is now available in 54 countries across the continent. Atingi particularly focuses on reaching marginalised populations that previously […]


Dandemutande offering eLearning software for schools and universities

By now, we all know that COVID-19 adversely affected learning at all levels of education. Locally, children have been unable to physically attend school for over half a year now and a number of schools have resorted to eLearning. Dandemutande saw the need for a learning platform and built the Learning Management System they are […]


Econet said they weren’t suspending eLearning bundles. Schools are being told the opposite

Earlier this week we noted that there was some confusion surrounding the eLearning bundle. A school authority we spoke to mentioned that an Econet employee who was handling their purchase of the bundles informed them that the eLearning bundle was being suspended. We reached out to Econet PR to understand if this was official and […]


Is Econet discontinuing eLearning bundles on the 1st of September?

We have it on good authority that Econet might stop offering eLearning bundles from the beginning of September. The cheaper bundles were extremely useful to schools who were able to buy cheaper data for students to conduct lessons online during the pandemic. What’s the official position? Well, we reached out to Econet representatives to get […]


UNICEF Zim announces initiative to increase connectivity in local schools

UNICEF Zimbabwe and GIGA are partnering to improve internet connectivity within Zimbabwean schools. The right to education is fundamental for #ForEverychild. Through an exciting new initiative – GIGA, Zimbabwe will greatly improve the connectivity and access to education for the most disadvantaged youth. Learn more👉: https://t.co/akEQZkKovX pic.twitter.com/kThBRBffzc — UNICEF ZIMBABWE (@UNICEFZIMBABWE) August 27, 2020 Giga […]


Have a child in primary school? Help some education innovators understand what matters to you

The issue of the need to transform the delivery of education has been topical for a very long time. Not much has actually changed all this time while this has been a conversation though. Possibly change seemed to be too intimidating and complex. The silver lining to COVID 19 could be that we can re-imagine […]


Ministry of Education launches digital library with free books

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) has launched an application/website hosting hundreds of free books and comics. The site will no doubt help hundreds of children with access to reading materials at no cost. MoPSEs library is based on Odilo which allows organisations to create libraries from over 3 million pieces of content. […]


TelOne launches Impact Learning – an eLearning platform

TelOne earlier today launched Impact Learning – an eLearning platform that was in the work before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. According to TelOne’s Managing Director Chipo Mtasa the platform was being built with TelOne Centre for Learning (TCFL) in mind and the students at this institutions were already making use of the platform. Mtasa says […]


This African startup school is offering a free course to help entrepreneurs start their business

StartupCircles.AI is an online accelerator and startup school targeting entrepreneurs with the following problems; You feel it’s time to start your own business but you don’t know where to begin; You want to pitch investors and are not sure how to go about it; You’ve spent a lot of money and time on a solution […]


Zimsec exam papers for Sale and other online scams you should look out for

Times are hard in Zimbabwe and people are trying to hustle by any means necessary. The gullible shall be taken advantage of by the sly and cunning. Zimbabweans have become experienced in creating value out of nothing, from the street vendors selling forex, to the WhatsApp groups reselling Econet e-learning data bundles for a ZWL$50.00 […]


Techzim bot now has educational content! Here’s how you can start learning on WhatsApp

COVID-19 presented a special challenge for workers and learners. These two groups which a majority of the population fall into had to figure out how to continue learning/working without physically going to a place. As expected the transition hasn’t been smooth, especially in Zimbabwe where the cost of our data and access to the resources […]


Should we all learn to code?

The late great Steve Jobs once said that we should all learn to code. He even went as far as saying computer programming should be a part of our educational curriculum. I will present a counter-argument, “Everyone gets sick, so we should teach basic medicine at primary level.” We can see how this quickly becomes […]


Govt Pushing Forward With eLearning Plans Announcing Radio & TV Lessons

For over a month now, government officials have been harping on about how educational institutions need to embrace eLearning and the criticism fired back at them is whether they have incapacitated schools to conduct learning using these methods. The government has finally taken a step towards addressing the issue of access – announcing that radio […]


Telecel Now Offering Funda eLearning Bundles

Mobile network operators have been scrumbling over each other to get their eLearning packages out the door and following Econet and NetOne’s announcements, Telecel was the remaining provider not offering a bundle but they’ve also righted their wrong. Telecel’s eLearning package named Funda will not only offer students data but also talk-time making it the […]


Coding Tutorials, But In Shona? Check Out This YouTube Channel

Free educational material is something we are excited about here at Techzim. Those who would have failed to access certain knowledge/skills because of a lack of funds can do so. We are also doubly excited when that content is packaged in vernacular as is the case with Digital Hundred – a YouTube channel created by […]


NetOne Working On Its Own eLearning Bundles

NetOne is reportedly partnering with TelOne and UNESCO to create an eLearning bundle that improves access to remote learning at a time when the cost of data has been one of the biggest hindrances to students trying to learn virtually. The new bundle will reportedly be slightly cheaper than what Econet is offering for eLeaning […]


Cassava Launches Akello Digital Classroom With Free Education Content For 1st Month

Diversified digital services group Cassava Smartech has launched Akello Digital Classroom, a platform that offers local students, from Primary level to High School, access to online Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) curriculum lessons for all subjects. Cassava Smartech announced that all interested Zimbabwean students will have free access to live online lessons for the next […]


National Students Union Files Urgent Chamber Application Challenging eLearning

Zimbabwe National Sudents Union (ZINASU) has filed an urgent chamber application contesting the introduction of eLearning. The urgent application cites MSU students and Prof Amon Murwira as respondents. In MSUs case, ZINASU says the university made the decision to adopt eLearning without consulting “relevant stakeholders”. By doing so, many students will see their right to […]


Uni of Stellenbosch To Launch New Remote Learning Programmes Locally

Management Training Bureau and the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED) are launching a remote learning platform later this morning. Professor Amon Murwira – Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science & Technology Development- and the parties mentioned above will host a webinar to announce the launch of this platform. The Minister […]


DStv Partners With Udemy To Offer Online Courses At No Cost In The DStv App

Multichoice has announced that SA subscribers will be getting a special bonus as part of their subscription from May until the end of July. The broadcasting company announced that they are partnering with Massive Open Online Course platform Udemy to offer premium subscribers access to 600 courses within the DStv app. As South Africans continue […]


Google Now Offering Grow With Google OnAir Online Workshops For Free

If you have never heard about the Grow With Google OnAir program grab your popcorn and a drink and let’s go for a little ride. The initiative sees Google partnering with schools, libraries and other institutions (7000 at the time of writing) to provide workshops for people looking to get to grips with digital literacy. […]


[Update] Innovators With eLearning Solutions, Apply For The Design4Zim Challenge

Impact Hub together with ACT in Africa, Stimulus and TechVillage have announced the 3rd challenge in the Design4Zim competition. The challenge is titled “How might we improve access to education for primary and secondary students in the rural areas during pandemics?“ Prior to the educational challenge, there have been two other challenges; How might we […]


Liquid Telecom Hosting Live Demo Of Microsoft’s eLearning Platform

With COVID-19 completely disrupting our schedules – even school goers have been negatively impacted and it’s not clear when they will be able to get back into class. The government has been urging education institutions to adopt eLearning platforms so that kids continue learning online but that poses problems of its own. Some schools are […]


Google’s Developer Scholarship Program Opens Registration

Google Africa Developer Scholarship (GADS) program is back for its second edition. The initiative aimed at helping developers become certified on Google’s Android, Web, and Cloud technologies continuously engage with aspiring and existing developers to help them become professional developers with skills that can get them opportunities after the program. Developers registering for this course […]


44 Free Online Courses From Havard You Can Enroll For During Lockdown

With a number of countries in a state of lock down due to the Novel Coronavirus – many people have a lot of free time on their hands right now. If you are one of those people who are not using this time to rest (nothing wrong with resting by the way!) but would instead […]


UNICEF & Microsoft Launch Global Learning Platform To Help Address COVID-19 Education Gap

UNICEF and Microsoft Corp. today announced the expansion of a global learning platform to help children and youth affected by COVID-19 continue their education at home. The Learning Passport started off as a partnership between UNICEF, Microsoft and the University of Cambridge and its departments Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment, designed to provide education for displaced […]


Cambridge June 2020 Exams Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

Cambridge released a statement announcing that they will no longer be conducting international exams in May and June because of the Coronavirus. Following the UK Government’s cancellation of GCSE & A’Level examinations due to the virus, there were still questions regarding whether or not Cambridge would proceed with their international examinations. Given how COVID-19 has […]


Local Startup Hosting Cellphone Repair Lessons

At a time when jobs are extremely hard to come by, Zimbos are doing whatever they can to upskill themselves and become a part of the economy regardless of whether or not that participation is formal or informal. We recently, went to Batanai gardens to attend a mobile phone repair class hosted by Ixar Cellphone […]


CUT Student’s Win $1 Million At POTRAZ’s Hack 4 Sustainable Smart Cities Hackathon

Students from Chinhoyi University of Technology walked away with $15 000 for themselves and $1M for their university’s innovation hub after winning POTRAZ’s inaugural Hack4SmartSustainableCities. The team consisting of Christopher Chinyamakobvu, Gordon Muneka, and Elvin Kakomo developed an emergency response application that allows users to call for medical services after a car crash. The application […]