Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation has continued to be condemned in Sinazongwe District for failing to connect power to rural Schools following the payment of about K1.1 billion.
The Head Teachers from Kariba South Primary School and Siansowa middle Basic School told ZANIS that the absence of power has retarded development at the institutions.
Kariba South Primary School Head Teacher Jolezya Mweetwa disclosed that
K52, 564,000 was paid to ZESCO in 2005 to connect electricity to the School but the institution has failed to do the work.
Siansowa middle Basic School Head Teacher Mweemba Chiwala said K62, 035 was paid to the institution in 2004 through the loan that government got from the African Development Bank (ADB).
Mr. Mweetwa said the Kariba South School was funded by Zambia Social Investment Fund (ZAMSIF) a branch that was formed under Finance and National Development Ministry to promote developmental activities and to reduce poverty levels in rural areas.
He said the School was also supposed to have tap water but there was no power to run the pumps and the facility was not in use despite paying money for its installations.
Mr. Mwetwa said teachers and pupils were forced to drink water from the borehole which is near the toilets because they have no source of clean water.
The Head Teacher pointed out that the School acquired three computers but they were not being used because there was no power.
“Lack of electricity has affected the performance of the pupils at the School because they want to study at night but there is no power,” Mr. Mweetwa said.
He said several follow ups have been made to ZESCO management to have the power be installed at the Schools but the instution has failed to come to their aid even when money was paid in advance.
Kariba South Deputy Head Teacher Ruth Chiwala said lack of electricity has affected evening classes to reduce on the high levels of illiteracy in the area.
Siansowa Middle Basic Head teacher noted that installation of power to the rural areas could reduce mass exodus of teachers to the urban areas.
“It is one of way of motivating teachers to remain in rural areas, as things are the community is bitter about the failure to connect electricity to the School,” Mr. Chiwala said.
A check by ZANIS at the two Schools found that wiring was done including the teachers houses.
Last months Sinazongwe District Development Coordinating Committee (DDC) condemned ZESCO for retarding development in the district when money was paid to the work.