Telecom Networks Malawi To Roll Out Free Internet To Learners

Malawi’s telecoms operator Telecom Networks Malawi (TNM) has signed an agreement with the country’s Ministry of Education to provide free internet services to learners following the closure of schools across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Under the deal, all learners from Form 1-4 will be able to access their lessons through the Education Ministry’s website at no data cost.
The signing ceremony took place on the 21st of April at the Sunbird Capital Hotel in Malawi’s capital city – Lilongwe.

The nation’s Minister of Education Science and Technology, Dr William Susuwele Banda, who signed the agreement on behalf of Malawi’s government, said that online learning is a crucial way to circumvent the challenge that COVID-19 has presented to the education sector.

He said that over 5.4 million children have not been attending universities or schools as a result of precautionary measures rolled out to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The ministry also announced that it is developing TV content as a way of reaching out to students at home. In addition, it is working with VSO International to deliver up to 10,000 tablets to primary school pupils in rural areas complete with solar charging.

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