HONDURAS, Honduras — The Honduran government says it will provide free internet access to all university students, and students will be able to access their bank accounts and social media accounts from home.
The announcement was made by Education Minister Jorge Castañeda during a press conference Friday, where he said the initiative was meant to give all Hondurans a better chance at success in their education.
Castañeta said the new program will give students access to a wider range of services in order to give them an edge in the job market and in their studies.
The government said the program will also enable students to access credit cards for travel and other essentials.
The program is the latest in a series of efforts by Castaño to modernize the education system in Honduras.
In October, he announced that all students would have access to free internet at home and in schools.
And earlier this month, the government announced it was expanding the Internet Access for All Program to include free online classes.
More than a million Honduran students and their parents have taken advantage of the free internet offer in recent years.
Castaneda said the government will provide all students with a free Wi-Fi access point, which he said will be used by students to upload and download textbooks, as well as social media and e-mails.
He also announced that the government would offer free online courses in the next three months.