The management of the Polytechnic is calling on well-wishers to intervene in assisting needy students at the institution to access online studies at this time of Covid-19 pandemic.
The institution introduced an initiative called, ‘Buy A Gadget Campaign’ to enable underprivileged students access quality education under Emergency Remote Teaching-ERT platforms.
Early this week, one of the high-street banks, FDH Plc, donated K3 million to support the campaign.
Speaking after making the donation, Managing Director for FDH Bank PLC, Elias Ngalande reaffirmed the bank’s dedication to creating a sustainable society by supporting various causes in education and health and other important areas.
“We got a request from the Polytechnic and when we looked at the extent of the plight of students up to 1 500 of them that are not able to access the internet and download academic materials, we felt obliged to come in and assist,” pointed out the FDH bank Managing Director.
On her part, Acting Principal of the constituent college, Nancy Chitera is the said;
“We have received this donation with a very big excitement and we know it will go a long way.”
Meanwhile, the Acting Principal says they are engaging mobile internet providers and other internet service providers to consider reducing data charges for their students.
“We have engaged TNM and we are also engaging Airtel as well as other suppliers so that they consider us on student’s bundles. So far TNM and Airtel have come in but we are continuing to engage with them so that they can still give us a certain percentage discount that the students should be able to use for their lessons.” She highlighted.
The Polytechnic has about 6500 generic students on different Bachelors’ Degree Programs and 2 000 diploma students.
Out of this number, over 300 students do not have cellphones, with another group almost the same number, having cellphones which cannot accommodate the google platform which the institution is using in their online studies.