Press statement: Azwi Mufamadi; 078 528 6065 25 April 2020
For immediate release
MUT secures zero-rating of data charges to facilitate online learning
Mangosuthu University of Technology has secured zero-rating of data charges with all mobile network operators (CellC, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom) to widen access to online learning for its students of whom the majority are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In a statement to the University community; Professor Marcus Ramogale, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic Support, explained that the zero-rating of data charges meant that access to certain MUT sites would not incur any data charge from CellC, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom. So far, the zero-rated sites are Blackboard Learning Management System (https://mutelearn.mut.ac.za), Moodle Learning Management System (https://moodle.mut.ac.za), MUT corporate website (https://www.mut.ac.za and https://www.mut.ac.za/virtualcampus) and ITS iEnabler Student System (https://ierp.mut.ac.za/pls/prodi03/w99pkg.mi_login).
The zero-rating agreement comes at a time when South African universities are moving teaching and learning to online platforms in response to the country’s efforts to manage the spread of the Coronavirus. The challenge for universities across the country has been to ensure that all students have equally access to online learning platforms regardless of their economic status.
“Our priority at MUT is to ensure that all our students have access to the necessary platforms where teaching and learning will be taking place,” Professor Marcus Ramogale. “The University has been hard at work to ensure that the transition to online learning is seamless and that students have the much needed support during this difficult time.”
Data free access to MUT online learning sites will enable students to fully participate in online learning without being disadvantage by the lack of data.