Airtel Uganda to provide free access to ISBAT University’s Virtual Learning Platform
ISBAT University has announced a new partnership with Airtel Uganda aimed at providing students with free access to the University’s Hybrid Blended Learning platform using the Airtel internet platform.
The partnership that is in line with the Uganda government’s efforts to ensure safety for everyone as well as education and business continuity from home will see Airtel provide free access to student numbers provided by the university and will be available to all active students of the current semester.
“ISBAT University’s interactive live virtual classes attracted a vast majority of students with lots of encouragement from the University community. The University’s aim is to ensure that our students are not at disadvantage due to the prolonged closure of the University in the lockdown period and we sincerely hope to save the semester in a timely manner,” ISBAT University’s Vice Chancellor Dr. K.M. Mathew commented.
The development comes at a time when several universities are adopting e-learning options to bridge the gap brought about by the closure of educational institutions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic despite the high technology divide, internet accessibility challenges and limited access to the ICT equipment.
The minister of education re-echoed that the ministry is working on a comprehensive sector-wide agenda to guide the delivery of formal education through e-learning mechanisms because it has implications on the quality of education for the country and its citizens.
MTN Uganda together with Africell recently zero-rated a number of Ugandan Universities’ online learning platforms. This is aimed at enabling students and staff to gain free access to study material while at home during this period of the COVID 19 lockdown.