The Government announced that it will be providing free internet services for 400 Schools in a bid to boost e-learning with 180 more rural schools being promised connectivity by the end of the year.
This was announced by the Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa during a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday 3 August 2021. She also mentioned that these 400 schools already have connectivity but were struggling to keep up with the monthly subscriptions.
“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 Centers for a period of nine months”, she said.
The National e-learning Strategy was introduced and approved in the first quarter of the year in response to closure of schools due to Covid-19 restrictions. This saw students learning from home throughout 2020.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the National e-learning Programme will be complemented by the UNICEF GIGA Schools Connectivity Project, a project which was implemented in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic by UNICEF.