SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The students and teachers of the Milton Peters College (MPC) are now better equipped for online learning thanks to an upgraded internet connection from leading telecoms provider, Flow.
With the school’s recent decision to move to online learning, the upgraded speed is a welcome enhancement. Following the upgrade, streamed classes are possible with minimal disruption; allowing learning to continue as close to ‘normal’ as possible, while also protecting the health of students and teachers
Previously the school already enjoyed the highest business package available on Flow Fibre internet. Considering the size of the student population the school management and its IT team needed to re-evaluate the connectivity needs of the island’s largest school campus.
They concluded that an upgraded connection was needed after the onset of the pandemic and with the increasing use of digital tools in instruction. To meet this need they engaged the Flow team to design an upgraded, customized package achieving the enhanced connectivity experienced by students and teachers today.
“It’s important to keep our young people connected to their virtual classrooms by providing the critical pathways to their online classes,” said Rauf Engels, Acting Country Manager, Flow Dutch Caribbean.
“Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we have focused our efforts on optimizing our networks to keep our communities and economies going. Education is a vital part of that so we also developed a policy based on which we can offer schools support with the reliable connectivity they need to keep education going. Especially under these challenging circumstances our support specifically to education is important to us. Based on the size of the student population we’ve defined support packages for schools interested in connecting to Flow internet.” Engels continued.
Managing Director of MPC, Jacqueline Horsford-Duggins stated that the first move to virtual teaching in 2020 had been a difficult transition for the staff, students, and their families. “Creating the same structure and engagement in a virtual classroom was difficult but our teaching team has learned and grown a lot since then. With this upgrade we can equip our teachers and students with the best tools for success.” she said.
Flow’s focus on supporting education also carries through to supporting families as they return to online learning. To this end, the company has temporarily waived the installation fees on Flow home internet service. This allows families to connect the household for online learning and working, removing the standard installation fee, which reflects a savings of up to $287 per household. The free installation offer will continue throughout the month of January 2022. Further information on Flow internet is available at www.discoverflow.co.