Thursday 26 November, 2020

Local firm aims to transform how students source educational resources

 Sheryl-Ann Thomas-Scott, Managing Director of Original Peruse Limited, a local business that seeks to transform the way sixth form and tertiary students source
inexpensive educational resources.

Sheryl-Ann Thomas-Scott, Managing Director of Original Peruse Limited, a local business that seeks to transform the way sixth form and tertiary students source inexpensive educational resources.

Local firm, Original Peruse Limited recently opened its doors to provide textbook rentals, online tutoring services and digital literacy skills training to post-secondary students all from the comfort of their homes.

Peruse was launched to support the government’s efforts to secure learning opportunities that optimise equity throughout the education system. 

It also aims to meet the need for affordable resources that have been further highlighted due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We acknowledged that for Jamaica to achieve one of the key objectives mentioned in the Education Sector Plan in Vision 2030 National Plan - a well-resourced educational system – the private sector has to take the lead to create the country we want to see,” said Sheryl-Ann Thomas-Scott, Managing Director of Peruse.

She noted that Peruse’s flagship service, rentals, provide students with significantly lower costs for acquiring textbooks for the academic year. 

Additionally, textbook rentals save students and parents money, time and stress, encourage social distancing during a global pandemic and are eco-friendly.

“Students can easily rent the textbooks they need, for either a semester or school year, have it delivered to their doorsteps islandwide and returned to us via ZipMail with little to no effort,” stated Thomas-Scott.

With the heightened uncertainty due to COVID-19 and the changes in the classroom delivery methods, the online tutoring services will integrate the 4C learning model (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and collaboration), and give students access to trained and experienced teachers for study support, CAPE exams preparation and overall academic success starting September 1, 2020.

The way students study and learn is ever-evolving; however, there has to be equity and affordability in the available options to ensure students not only pass subjects but achieve their highest academic potential, Thomas-Scott added.

Post-secondary students and their parents from all economic backgrounds can readily access these services on the company’s website. 

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