StarTimes rolls out home schooling programs in Kenya amid COVID-19 pandemic


Chinese pay television company StarTimes on Friday rolled out home schooling programming that will enable primary and high school students to continue learning through audiovisual broadcasts following the closure of schools in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Aldrine Nsubuga, regional marketing director at StarTimes, said in a statement released in Nairobi, that the move is advised by the fact that students are spending a significant amount of time indoors and thus the need to have content aimed at encouraging them to continue learning away from school.

“We want to make sure that every student while staying safe at home will access a variety of audio visual lessons tailored to their requirements. With these channels and updated content, we are confident learning will not stop and that the school programming will go a long way towards keeping up with their peers while learning at home,” Nsubuga said.

StarTimes said that pupils will continue learning through audiovisual programming that will be available to its subscribers on the platform.

Nsubuga added that an education dedicated local channel will be introduced and will have a key focus on secondary school students by developing over 2,000 educational videos specifically geared towards the 8-4-4 system of education.

StarTimes has also introduced a new channel for primary school students.

Nsubuga noted that the channel will broadcast lessons on several subjects such as mathematics, physical and life science.

“Additionally, the broadcaster has adjusted programming on various children channels, among them ST Kids and Baby TV with the introduction of homeschooling content to cater for primary education through creative animated lessons including science, handicraft, painting and music,” he revealed.

Subscribers will also be in a position to access the content on the company’s over the top platform StarTimes ON, which will enable users to broadcast the content live and replay the same on mobile devices at their convenience. Enditem

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