A GROUP of panellists at the Covid-19 information centre yesterday morning said students from higher education institutions should make use of online platforms to access study materials.

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They, however, agreed that access for all students will be a challenge as not all students have access to the internet. The panellists added that they are working to find ways of making internet available to all students.

Letshego offers relief to communities
LETSHEGO Namibia Holdings is taking steps to support clients through economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, by offering them the opportunity to apply for a three-month payment holiday. According to the company’s chief executive officer, Ester Kali, clients can apply by sending an SMS to 5626 with the word relief, followed by the name of their town. Letshego Group has also committed more than N$4 million in direct financial support to relief funds and NGOs across sub-Saharan Africa.

Bank Windhoek responds to Covid-19
BANK Windhoek has taken precautions to protect staff and clients against the coronavirus by enabling some staff members to work from home and by offering senior citizens preferential interest rates on fixed deposits. The bank has also joined other private sector partners in support of the Mayoral Relief Fund to purchase 10 000 litre tanks to provide water to vulnerable communities.

Nudo youth on e-learning amid pandemic
THE Nudo youth league, while thanking the government for its response to Covid-19, have expressed concern with the commencement of education on 20 April. According to Nudo, online learning is a good tool to embrace, but Namibia is not equipped to ensure that pupils all over the country will be able to enrol in online learning platforms or that they will have the necessary devices. They questioned the inclusivity of the initiative, as well as how parents, who are illiterate, will assist in teaching their children at home. Nudo further added that before e-learning can be introduced to the country as a whole, the infrastructure will need to be improved so that the entire country can access the internet.

– Compiled by Roxane Bayer

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