KCB secures cheaper coding courses for primary, secondary school learners

KCB Bank Kenya has signed a partnership with the education technology firm to provide discounted access to Kodris Africa coding lessons.

The new partnership will also see primary and secondary school learners enroll for coding courses and pay fees in installments.

The Kodris Africa subscription licenses are now retailing at a 50 percent discount – KES 9,860 for a year’s worth of coding, down from the previous KES 19,720. Qualifying KCB customers can sign up their children for the online coding lessons at the cost of KES 822 per month.

The installment-based payments will be available to customers using KCB credit card or via the Kordis Africa app. Under the deal, schools will access classroom licenses at a discounted price of KES 26,622, down from KES 29,580.

Kordis Africa has been approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KIDC) to roll out the first coding courses for primary and secondary school learners.

The new digital programme – christened #4theLoveofEducation – adds to the support that the bank offers to schools, including facilities for clean energy, infrastructure improvement, donations of learning materials, scholarships for needy but bright young Kenyans, 100 percent of school bus financing.

“We have traditionally supported the advancement of education across the various levels. We are now at the forefront of driving the mainstreaming of digital learning. We want to support the entire ecosystem for the country to achieve its education ambitions of access and quality,” Annastacia Kimtai, the KCB Retail Banking Director said.

Coding is the act of translating human ideas and intentions into commands computers can undertake. Common examples of technologies that run on coding include Internet banking, ATMs, and mobile banking.

Digital technologies built through coding, however, stretch to all sectors of the economy, elevating it to a highly demanded skill in today’s world. “

What we are doing is to ease access and affordability to enhance digital learning across the country. We are seeing increased uptake of the courses, noting that coding is one of the most sought-after skills globally,” said Mugumo Munene, the Chief Executive Officer at Kordis Africa.

Kodris Africa CEO Mugumo Munene lauded KCB for driving the affordability of coding studies in Kenya, saying the subject would better prepare students to play a significant role in the national and global digital economy.

“What we are doing is to ease access and affordability to enhance digital learning across the country. We are seeing increased uptake of the course. Coding is one of the most sought-after skills globally, and our learners can only be at a greater advantage to take up these opportunities when they start early, as is happening in developed nations,” Munene said.

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