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Schools to get free internet services

At least 400 schools across the country will receive free internet services as part of Government efforts to accelerate the implementation of the National e-Learning Strategy.

Speaking during the post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the initiative was going to benefit schools that are currently failing to pay their monthly bandwidth subscriptions.

“The Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services wishes to accelerate the implementation of the National e-Learning Strategy through the provision of free internet services to 400 schools that already have connectivity but are encountering difficulties in paying monthly bandwidth subscriptions.

“The schools will be provided with data for nine months. An additional 180 rural schools will have been connected by the end of 2021, and will benefit from the same initiative,” she said.

Minister Mutsvangwa said Government will meet all operational expenses inclusive of staff remuneration.

“Taking into cognizance the financial hardships brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak, Cabinet wishes to advise the citizenry that all students, pupils and the general public using these facilities will enjoy free access to internet services at Community Information Centers and Community Village Information Centres for a period of nine months,”

The National e-Learning Programme that was launched last year will be complemented by the UNICEF GIGA Schools Connectivity projects.

SundayMail

One Comment

  1. This is stupid,how are the children going to benefit from schools getting free wifi? They are home what the government should do its make WiFi accessible to all,reduce prices or give parents free WiFi because as it stands we still pay fees and Wi-Fi on top its such a great expense. Movement should consider the plight of parents because most kids are now going without certain necessities for parents to afford WiFi and fees after loss of income. Its ridiculous. You should ask and do surveys before you leap dear government. Angry parent

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