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Econet offers data relief to students


Econet offers data relief to students. This comes after calls by the Government for network service providers to offer affordable Internet to access online learning material, as it moves to enhance digital learning platforms during the COVID-19-induced national lockdown.

Econet has rolled out E-Learning a discounted Data Bundle package for schools to enable teachers and students to continue with eLearning.

In an interview with H-Metro yesterday, Econet Group media and corporate affairs executive Fungayi Mandiveyi said: “I can confirm Econet is offering this to all public and private learning institutions – universities, technical colleges, teachers’ colleges, nursing schools, secondary schools and primary schools.

“All they need to do is to meet the set criteria in our offer to them. “As Econet, we want as many students as possible to go back to school online and be able to learn, and as many teachers and lecturers across the country to continue to do their work in spite of the COVID19 pandemic,” said Mandiveyi.

Concerns over data tariffs charges from service providers have been raised while parents expressed worry over online learning charges demanded by teachers. Econet has sent out a circular explaining the packages on offer below: “The offer is for at least 50 mobile numbers of students or teachers.

“We have tailor-made Data Bundles specifically to address this need for all your students and teachers regardless of their geographical location.

“Average price of the bundles is 1.83c/MB (ZWL$ 0.0183/MB). This price point is quite competitive even in comparison with some fixed/fibre operators. “More so Econet solution is mobile and is accessible to nearly all students and teachers wherever they are in Zimbabwe.

“The financing options involves that each school pays on behalf of its students, teachers, employees and collects money from parents or SDA’s. “The school provides mobile phone numbers to be credited with the data bundles to Econet. “So Econet only deals with the schools. “However other options may also be considered.”

Source – H-Metro

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