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Millions invested in FS e-learning

The Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (USAASA), in partnership with Free State MEC for education Pule Makgoe, yesterday handed over universal access infrastructure worth R1.8 million to four schools in the province.

This forms part of the more than R6.7 million the agency has already invested in Free State schools' connectivity and e-learning.

USAASA has handed over a total of 12 access centres to schools in the province, with another three to be handed over soon. The four schools that received infrastructure yesterday are Kopani Hlanganani Intermediary, Nomsa Secondary, Kgarabeng Technical and Mohlakeng Primary.
According to USAASA spokesperson Khulekani Ntshangase, this forms part of the agency's School Connectivity Rapid Programme. Ntshangase explains the agency had a target to equip and connect 260 facilities this year, of which 240 have already been completed. These facilities include schools, universities and community centres.

Each access centre is equipped with 40 computers, universal printer, scanner and projector, and provided with connectivity for educational and research purposes, and to allow schools to connect with other education facilities in SA. "These computers have also been installed with education software to ensure that e-learning is reality in this country," he says.

USAASA CEO Zami Nkosi says the connectivity programme gives all children the opportunity to acquire the same type of quality education that was reserved for the minority in the country. He urged members of the public to protect the infrastructure from possible theft and vandalism.
Ntshangase was unable to respond to questions regarding USAASA's national e-learning and connectivity rollout by the time of publication.

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