Mobile Network Operator (MNO) Econet Wireless has discontinued the e-Learning bundle facility, which was being utilised by private schools since lockdown, with immediate effect. The Telecoms giant issued a notice on Tuesday which read:
Kindly note that we have ceased the facility of e-learning bundles with immediate effect.
Amid spiralling prices of data bundles, Econet introduced the e-learning bundle in May for schools when most private institutions turned to online lessons on the closure of schools due to the coronavirus.
Under the arrangement, only schools could apply and pay for their students and /or teachers.
The schools ought to have at least 50 different mobile numbers to which they were sending the bundle. Econet said then:
Each school pays on behalf of its students/teachers/employees and collects money from parents or SDAs.
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.
This comes as the Government announced on Tuesday that schools will reopen on September 28 for ZIMSEC examination classes with the exams starting on December 1.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told a post-cabinet media briefing that Cambridge examination classes will start a fortnight earlier, on September 14.