Viettel, Tanzania’s new mobile network operator under the brand name of Halotel, has provided internet services to 400 schools to facilitate learning in the past one year.
The company’s Vice Director, Mr Deogratius Nhigula, said here yesterday that 20 schools in Coast Region have benefited from the project, where the firm has put up infrastructure of internet service to schools including computer laboratories.
The mobile phone company began with schools in Coast Region as a pilot project. Halotel is also providing communication to teachers by connecting them with a special package, Closed User Group (CUG), he said at a ceremony to officially hand over a computer laboratory to Lugoba High School at Msoga Ward in Bagamoyo.
The computer laboratory worth about 100m/- was unveiled last year by then Prime Minister Mr Mizengo Pinda.
Mr Nhigula pointed out that Halotel was committed to partner with the government to foster development in the country through communication by adding value in the process of implementing strategic plans towards development of education systems.
Lugoba Secondary School Headmaster, Mr Abdallah Sakasa, expressed delight on the support of computer laboratory, saying it has facilitated to uplift the level of academic performance at the school. “The internet service being provided by Halotel has been helping teachers and students in studies,” he observed.
Mr Emanuel Muhizi, who is an ICT teacher at the school, said the computer laboratory has tremendously facilitated studying of ICT, saying it has helped him to prepare notes for the subject.
“Students who are studying ICT can now conduct online examinations thanks to internet service by Halotel,” he said.
Ebenezer Yusto, a form six student taking HGL, said the internet service has aided him in studying materials, saying they can now access online books which have helped them to improve academic performance.
“Accessing online books has somehow facilitated to address the shortage of books thus improving academic performance,” he said