Zetech stars benefit from sponsored digital learning amid COVID-19
Zetech University sports players continue to enjoy support from the University to enjoy higher education as the transition to blended learning takes shape. The players, who are beneficiaries of Zetech’s sports scholarship programme, remain focused on excelling in their studies even as they wait for COVID-19 to lift to get back on the field.
The players were scouted and enlisted for the Varsity’s football, basketball, volleyball and rugby teams have benefitted from the sports scholarship programme introduced in 2012; the initiative has awarded over 10 million to more than 500 students undertaking degree, diploma and certificate programmes. Just this year, the University has dispersed over Ksh 2.3 million towards ensuring skilled players access quality higher education through payment of their tuition fees.
Commenting on the progress, Dr. Alice Njuguna, DVC- Academics, Research, Extension and Student Affairs noted that the adoption of digital training by the sports stars has been impressive as the University follows up their progress in the blended learning system,
“It is critical for our players to continue their studies online like the rest of the student body even as they maintain strict workouts at their respective homes. We are proud that they have demonstrated their commitment by adhering to all blended learning requirements as the world fights the corona virus.” she said.
Zetech football team coach Bernard Kitolo, on his part, applauded his players for transitioning to digital learning, urging them to remain focused even as they stay fit and practice their skills at home. “Our sports men and women are busy with online studies and are balancing this with a training schedule shared with them every week. I am confident we will be in shape once the leagues resume.” said Kitolo. He further loaded his men’s squad, the Zetech Titans, for raising funds to support the less privileged in Ruiru even amid financial challenges caused by the pandemic.
Football stars including Purity Anyetu a purchasing and supplies management student who plays for the Harambee Starlets, Hospitality trainee Lavender Atieno and Economics student Brandon Obiero have lauded the University for the sponsorship which is enabling them to pursue their passion while getting the right education.
Indeed, the University is focused on supporting talent while providing quality education, having signed an agreement with the Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA) and talent recruitment agency BrighterMonday to promote quality higher education in the Kenyan sports industry late 2019 to provide players with the exposure and management skills required to excel in a professional world.
As the teams look forward to playing in competitions, it is clear that they are keen to ensure their learning is not interrupted.