Power cuts blight exam preparations

Parents with children who sat for the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) June 2019 have raised concern that the intermittent power cuts being experienced in the country will affect their performance as they could not effectively use E-learning facilities.  

The government through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education introduced E-learning as part of the new education curriculum.  

Pupils use applications such as ‘Ruzivo’ installed on mobile phones and computers to access information.

In an interview with CITE, Isam Dube a resident from Cowdray Park said the power cuts are affecting the performance of school children.

“As it is we have children who wrote their June examinations but their performance was not pleasing. Some of them have to do research using mobile phones but they are always off due to power cuts,” Dube said.

“There are some pupils who were supposed to be working on their practical assignments are failing to do so due to load shedding.”

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) committee member, Willias Dube said urged the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to improve on its communication.

“We are experiencing power cuts but we do not even know the root cause of that. We read and hear different stories from the media but no one takes time to address us as residents on the electricity situation in the country,” Dube said.

“This issue is really affecting us as residents, but relevant authorities are not saying anything to us and we do not know what is happening.”

Residents are currently experiencing daily power cuts which last up to 15hours.

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