Econet has killed their elearning bundle offering a few hours after the government announced that schools will reopen on the 28th of this month for those who are doing final classes. It’s not clear whether these two are related but the elearning bundles have been plagued by controversies and complaints with regards to how they are sold. The company just issued the following statement:
Kindly note that we have ceased the facility of e-learning bundles with immediate effect.Econet statement according to Hmetro
A bundle of controversies and friction
Elearning bundles were aimed at students who wanted to do online lessons. With data generally expensive in Zimbabwe these bundles were priced below normal bundles but the process to buy these bundles was anything but easy. You had to go through hoops including making sure that you apply using a school domain name and applications had to be in batches of at least 50 numbers. A lot of schools don’t even have email let alone domain names which shut the door to these students. Meanwhile savvy merchants started selling the bundle to people who were not even students on the internet.
NetOne and Telecel still selling their own bundles
Telecel’s Funda and NetOne’s elearning bundles are still being sold although the process for buying these is not very different from Econet’s method.