University of Malawi students protest against online learning

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—As Covid-19 continues to hit hard the education in the country and beyond, University of Malawi (Unima) students in Zomba have staged a protest to force school authorities to suspend Online Learning citing Internet challenges.

Unima has recently introduced online classes following a rise in daily Covid-19 cases.

But in a petition served to the school administration, the students are demanding that Online classes be suspended until they are given data bundles by the administration to facilitate their learning process.

The students have bemoaned narrow coverage of “Eduroam WiFi” which they say has led to enormous expenses incurred by students using their own data bundles as well as clustering of many students in specific hotspots hence exposing them to the risk of COVID-19.

They have since urged the authorities to strike a deal with mobile service providers to make facilities like google-meet freely accessible to students.

“They should also make sure that Eduroam WiFi connection is stabilised and its coverage increased to cover the entire campus,” reads the petition in part.

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