Students of the University of South Africa, Unisa, are set to receive data bundles in preparation for the coming May/June examinations, thanks to a partnership between Unisa and MTN.
The two organisations recently concluded a business agreement that will see all currently registered Unisa students receive 30GB of free data a month (10GB anytime and 20GB night time) for two months from mid-May to mid-July.
The full details of the agreement, including procedure to access the offering, will be soon be communicated to the students.
According to Unisa, the offer is a necessary and timely intervention by the university to create an enabling environment for students who will be sitting for non-venue-based examinations.
The exams start on May 25, and it is vital that students have access to sufficient data and connectivity to successfully complete the assessments.
The only exciting part about these exams is that UNISA is sending us 30GB of data— Young Farmer🐓 (@_tumello) May 16, 2020
Though the provision of the data is intended for the upcoming exams, students may use is to complete other academic activities such as assignments, submissions and online contact with lecturers, and also to prepare for the exams.
Unisa principal and vice-chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya stresses that even though Unisa had always been an Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) university, the pandemic has forced it to reconsider some of its academic activities that still required physical application, such as venue-based exams and the submission of hard-copy assignments, and confine these strictly to online application.
They can use the night data to download past papers, check online tutor assistance and interact with other students.— Low-key Loki (@A_Parak_10) May 19, 2020
It’s something better than nothing
MTN chief enterprise officer Wanda Matandela says. “We are proud to partner with Unisa on this important initiative. At MTN we believe in delivering the benefits of a modern connected life to all South Africans and this partnership allowed us to collaborate in the interest of enabling continuous learning for the benefit of their students at this difficult time.”
Makhanya adds that due to the dire socio-economic issues students are facimg, the university decided they should all have access to data, with the university carrying the cost, so students are able to write their exams and succeed in their studies.