Software firm's expertise helps educate pupils across Kenya

A computer software company has just secured a 'significant' contract that will see its products boost education overseas.

Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 3:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 4:08 pm
Al Kingsley, managing director of NetSupport.

NetSupport, of Towngate East, Market Deeping, will have its classroom management software, called NetSupport School, pre-installed on more than 695,000 education devices in Kenya.

It is part of Kenya’s digital literacy programme to give free technology to primary school pupils so they can be taught through the use of computer-led learning.

Portuguese technology design company JP- IK is implementing the programme and has chosen the award-winning NetSupport School software.

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Pupils in Kenyan schools that are being help by Market Deeping-based NetSupport.

Al Kingsley, managing director of NetSupport, said: “We are delighted to be assisting JP-IK in helping schools in Kenya maximise the benefits of computer-led learning.

“Already we are receiving great feedback from the schools.”

By the end of the project next March, the software will have been installed in more than 13,500 classrooms, some 33,000 teachers will have been trained in its use and it will have helped more than 695,000 students.

Mr Kingsley said: “This deal is likely to be a key catalyst for expansion of our overseas channel program and supports extending our development team based in Peterborough.

Pupils in Kenyan schools that are being help by Market Deeping-based NetSupport.

“We currently employ approximately 110 but hope to see this grow.

He added: “Emerging markets are increasingly a target area for our business and we have been successful in a number over the last few years.”

The award-winning NetSupport School gives teachers a range of tools to help maintain students’ focus and enhance their learning experience.

It has monitor and control features such as blocking and viewing students’ screens, to encouraging collaboration with screen sharing, group chats, file distribution and more.

Jorge Sá Couto, chairman of JP-IK said: “NetSupport School was an obvious choice to include in our education software offer, mainly because of its feature-rich content.

“Throughout a pilot trial, the teachers found the real-time interactive features incredibly useful, especially when collaborating with students.

”In addition, the assessment tools are invaluable in creating different dynamics within the classroom.

“NetSupport School is the most suitable solution for JP-IK and Digital Literacy Programme.”