MultiChoice extends free DStv access to Kenyan schools

DStv Satellite Television services provider MultiChoice Kenya will establish 25 resource centres in public schools in 2012, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 150. The company hopes this will ease access to educational material in Kenya.

The company’s initiative, which is co-owned by the government, will see the centres provided with digital satellite technology and free access to the DStv education bouquet that broadcast among others documentaries, educational and current affairs channels.

According to the company, the bouquet will provide ‘a rich and varied learning resource environment’ that enables students visualize educational material and explore the subject deeper.

“It is both a reference source and means for teachers to explain difficult concepts in a visual manner” adds Stephen Isaboke, director of MultiChoice East Africa.

Speaking during the commissioning of such a resource centre at Imale School in Machakos Tuesday, education minister Mutula Kilonzo said the centres will be supplement teachers efforts through high quality relevant material.

“This effort is aimed at supplementing the already commendable efforts of the secondary teachers’ fraternity by giving them and their students a window into the latest trends and developments on the international scene,” he said.

Among the schools expected to benefit from the programme by MultiChoice include Isiolo Girls High School, Sabunley Secondary School in Wajir, Chepnyal Girls High School in Baringo, Dr Aggrey High School in Taita Taveta  and Precious Blood, Riruta in Nairobi.

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