Following schools closure due to the ongoing Government mitigation efforts against the spread of COVID-19, pay television Company StarTimes Kenya has rolled out homeschooling programming that will enable primary and high school students to continue learning through audiovisual programming that will be available to subscribers on the platform.
The development has seen the introduction of local and international school-based programming which has seen the introduction of education dedicated local channel -Elimu TV that 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.
Elimu TV will be available at no subscription cost in the month of April with the introduction of the local education channel being a significant step towards the delivery of homeschooling content during this period and will include live lessons by experienced teachers.
StarTimes has also introduced a new channel for primary school students, Mindset Learn. 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 andBaby TV with the introduction of homeschooling content to cater for primary education through creative animated lessons including science, handicraft, painting and music.
Speaking on these developments, StarTimes Regional Marketing Director Mr Aldrine Nsubuga noted that the move is advised by the fact that the students are spending a significant amount of time indoors and therefore there is 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 audiovisual 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,” noted Mr Nsubuga.
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.