So far 1000 infected cases have been reported in Africa, out of which seven have come from Kenya. The deadly virus has taken up two lives on the continent. All colleges, schools and educational institutions have been shut down in wake of COVID-19 threat. In such a situation, students depend on the internet for solutions to their problems or for general study guidance. Managing director of Airtel Kenya, Mr. Prasanta Das has helped the students by offering free internet. Airtel Kenya has offered a free internet scheme for supporting students amidst COVID-19 lockdown.
Mr. Das said that Airtel has offered free internet as a part of the company’s commitment to empower students by use of technology. He feels that amidst COVID-19 crisis a general negative sentiment has spread all across. In such a situation, it is very important to keep students and people in general positively involved. Mr. Das is trying to keep up general sentiment high and positive by offering free internet which will encourage online learning. The free internet scheme will continue till schools are reopened. The free internet program includes access to learning materials through SMS.
In a similar act of social welfare and support, M-Pesa has waived off the transaction fees for transactions below Sh 1,000. This scheme will encourage more uses of mobile money and will help control Coronavirus spread through physical currency transactions. Safaricom, the parent company of M-Pesa said that the waiver will be in effect for the next 90 days. Central bank of Kenya has increased the daily M-Pesa transaction limit from Sh 70,000 to Sh 150,000.