Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry together with cellular operators developed a special internet plan ‘Bilim’ for teachers, schoolchildren, and students to support distance learning. The plan will cost 990 tenge (a little over US$2) and will include unlimited access to 380 domestic educational resources approved by Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science, including Kazakh video conferencing systems, the press office of Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry reported.
“The subscription fee for the special plan ‘Bilim’ will be 990 tenge per month. This plan will be available for use after August 20. Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science is currently working on the conditions for joining the new plan. Telecom operators will also provide an additional one gigabyte of internet traffic,” said Acting Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan Bagdat Mussin.
A memorandum of cooperation was signed between Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry and Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science and telecom operators to implement the project of providing Kazakh residents with unlimited access to educational resources.
The relevant ministry and mobile operators also conducted an analysis and identified opportunities to increase the speed of the internet in schools to eight megabytes per second.
“This information was sent to the regions of the country with proposed plans and the indication of contact persons. The governor’s offices across the country are currently in the process of procurement of services for providing school facilities with the internet,” the ministry said.