Tired of failing qualifying exams? This edutech startup has a solution
Learningtreeng is an online learning startup set up to disrupt the way students prepare for and sit for Nigerian exams. Founded by Solomon Ojeagbase, this platform fills a gap created in 2013, after the federal government changed tertiary school entrance exams from the paper-based tests (PBT model) to computer-based tests (CBT model). According to Ojeagbase, the platform is the easiest and most affordable online learning platform in Nigeria and has a repository of over 30 years of past questions.
Learningtreeng assists students to pass exams, by providing access to self-coaching. Students can access a huge archive of past exam questions, practice them and immediately get feedback on right or wrong answers from the system. The site started as JAMBSuccess.com, which was only restricted to tests for JAMB exams. However, Ojeagbase thought this was a limitation to what the startup could achieve, so he and his team decided to re-brand as Learningtreeng, in order to solve challenges encountered by students, across other educational examinations. Presently, the online platform also caters for the needs of candidates who might sit for WASC and NECO exams, while international exams such as SAT, GMAT, GRE, J2EE and tech-oriented exams such as Microsoft and Oracle Database exams are currently being added, to make it more inclusive and broader.
Solomon Ojeagbase thinks education is the surest way to success in life and this is what motivated him to start Learningtreeng.
“As an evangelist for education, I believe one needs to keep learning new things for the existence of mankind and there is no other way of doing that, than to be a promoter of that ideology”, Ojeagbase told Outrepreneurs.
With the partnership of Association of Private Educators of Nigeria (APEN) and the Lagos State Ministry of Education (MOE), the platform started with just 500 students and recorded a 70% success rate, but presently, it can boast of over a thousand users, with an 85% success rate.
Through APEN, the startup got in contact with private schools who dedicate one day every week for their students to use the platform. Phenomenal success has been recorded through that relationship, since then, with most student users getting placement into tertiary institutions every year.
Every business has its unique challenges and for Learningtreeng, the major issue seems to be the political clime in Nigeria.
“The policy somersault and the political terrain of Nigeria features different governments with different agenda. But with the international tests and exams, we are currently incorporating, we will not be so reliant on what is happening in the country. That is the big picture for us. Also, accessibility to learning devices, low internet connectivity and affordability are the issues currently facing the Edutech sector in Africa, and are still going to be problems in the future, if they are not addressed,” Solomon says.
A 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Week Award winner, Learningtreeng is aggressively looking for funding in Africa and beyond, Solomon Ojeagbase’s greatest business lesson is the importance of the best human capital to convert visions into reality.
“You cannot go alone. It is good to be a visionary leader, but better to be both a visionary leader and have people to share this vision with; people who can execute”, he concluded.
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Chiamaka Akuba is a graduate of Mass Communication of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about emerging markets and entrepreneurship and is actively working with the industry. She loves her conversations challenging and can’t help laughing when you call her ‘Honourable Writer of the Federal Republic'. Chiamaka is a Staff Writer at Outrepreneurs.