Kenyatta University will soon have all its eight open learning centres connected via the Internet. This will enable KU's lecturers interact with students registered in various courses without necessarily travelling to the centres on a regular basis.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Everett Standa at the weekend told students at KU's Parklands Campus that a technical team will next month be trained to enable them offer assistance to departments and individual lecturers handling specific course units. He assured the students registered in the programme that the institution was determined to take education to their bedrooms.

The VC told The Standard that the university has acquired 200 computers and more is expected to make the distance learning a reality. "Distance learning is a major challenge but KU has taken the lead. With the necessary planning and determined staff, we are sure of succeeding," said Standa.He argued that many students have joined KU's centres in Embu, Nyeri, Garissa, Nakuru, Kakamega, Kisumu, Nairobi and Mombasa "after realising that they can gain university education without necessarily resigning from their job".

He said more than 10,000 students have so far enrolled in the open learning programme, adding that "many more are likely to join when e- learning becomes a reality." "Open learning has given thousands of Kenyans a golden chance to achieve their life-time ambition of acquiring a degree. The programme is very flexible as it enables students to study and graduate at their convenience," said Prof Standa. He said distance learning is cost-effective and urged more qualified and eager Kenyans to enrol.