LIQUID Telecom and Econet Zimbabwe have agreed to avail data at low cost to students and university staff, while university websites will be accessible free of charge, a move that looks set to facilitate e-learning as universities open tomorrow.
This was revealed by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira on Sunday.
“We have negotiated on behalf of all universities to ensure every student will have access to reduced data costs. They will make all universities’ websites toll-free meaning students will not be charged to go on the university website to get access to learning material.
“We want every student to get access to e-learning,” he said.
Meanwhile, University of Zimbabwe Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Mapfumo says they have put in place mechanisms to ensure students have access to e-learning beginning on the first of June.
He applauded the government for striking the data deal.
“We are grateful for the government for this deal. Our duty is to now operationalize e-learning. Our final year students will commence their e-learning on the 1stbof June and they will gradually come for the face to face lectures. By July 6 we must have our exams for the affected semester,” he said.
Since the closure of universities, the government has been strategizing on the best options to ensure students are not be affected by the effects of COVID-19.
E-learning is one of both short- and long-term measures to ensure students have access to tertiary education.