‘Zesa load-shedding to result in low Zimsec pass rates’
The daily power cuts currently being experienced may cause pupils to flunk their exams as the time to access computers and other study-enabling devices is limited.
This was revealed by Sakubva 2 High School headmaster Clever Chiturumana when he appeared before the parliamentary committee on Post, Telecommunications and Courier Services investigating the contribution of Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).
Mr Chiturumana said: “Power cuts are disrupting our activities because besides having a high computer-pupil ratio for computer lessons, it’s also limiting access to those who would want to research on the Internet and if the situation persists, we will have problems with their preparedness with national examinations.
Chiturumana added that the harsh economic climate is a hindrance to educators as a significant number of children are struggling financially.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary committee, Trevor Saruwaka urged Potraz to play a role in enabling schools to have access to the internet.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), a subsidiary of State-owed power utility ZESA, has announced that it is implementing Stage 2 load shedding schedule, which will see households going for longer periods without power.
The announcement was made through a ZBCtv news bulletin, in which the power utility said: “Kindly note that generation at Hwange is depressed due to a technical fault. Load shedding is now on Stage 2.
“Load shedding may be above [for longer periods than] the publicized schedules. We apologize for any inconveniences caused.”
Stage 2 load shedding entails that areas will experience longer periods of power cuts than the original timetable that was published over a month ago.
Currently, Zimbabweans are experiencing 8 hours of load shedding. Authorities have claimed that the debilitating power cuts resulted from low power generation at Kariba hydropower plant due to low water levels caused by an El Nino-induced drought.
Also contributing to load-shedding is the fact that Treasury has reduced the amount allocated to power imports.