After the directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop all physical learning activities in all institutions of learning including universities and middle colleges,some universities and colleges have resorted to continue with the learning activities online.
Some institutions have shown great capability to conduct online classes due to their upgraded systems while others are still reluctant to initiate the online learning programme due to various reasons key among them logistical systems.
The universities and colleges that has rolled out the online learning programme,the students are experiencing various problems with problem of connectivity and bundles key among them.
Many learners are missing classes as some are currently in areas where network is a big problem. North Eastern part and some remote areas have network challenges. Some students even lack the laptops and the smart phones necessary for the online classes.
We must agree that only learners from able background are accessing the online classes with ease. The needy students are disadvantaged and the right to education can be said to be in questionable state.
If this continues,the disparity in performance will be observed among the needy and the students from able background. This is not the goal of education in Kenya.
The government should therefore stop the online classes and come up with good measures to ensure all students attend the online classes. Provision of free data should form part of their mitigation measures.
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