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Nokia offers free mobile maths service

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Nokia and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) this morning announced the availability of Nokia Mobile Mathematics, at a launch event in Johannesburg.

Nokia Mobile Mathematics (MoMaths) is a mobile phone service that helps learners from grades 10 to 12 better understand mathematics.

According to a statement released by Nokia, any person with a data-enabled mobile phone can now access more than 10 000 exercises of varying difficulties and collaborate with others, compare achievements and get guidance on how to progress.

In order to enable better uptake of the service, Nokia is partnering with South African mobile operators Cell C and MTN to zero rate the data for MoMaths, meaning students will be able to use the service on those networks for as long as possible, without incurring a cost, says the statement.

MoMaths was piloted in 2009, and after five years of adapting the service according to user suggestions, is has now been made available to the public.

The new service is fully browser-based and works on any phone, tablet or PC without needing to download an app. After a quick sign-up process, students can practise problems in a number of categories like finance, trigonometry, calculus and statistics.

While working on questions, learners can read background theory, see examples of solved problems and engage with others. Points are awarded for successfully completed exercises and, if a learner chooses to, they can share their points and compete with other students.

Jeanette Morwane, DST director for ICT and services industry, says the department has developed a roadmap for ICT research, development and innovation, which aims to, among other things, increase public and private investment in this context.

"In addition, the department has a dedicated programme to collaborate with multinational ICT companies that have operational presence in SA, such as Nokia," says Morwane.

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