The situation was further compounded by ZESCO load shedding as some schools did not have power from as early as 12 Hours and power was only around 22:30 Hours.
This forced the school authorities to detain the pupils in the school grounds waiting for power to be restored after which pupils took turns in sharing the fewer available computers.
A check at most schools in Lusaka around 23 Hours found concerned parents and guardians taking blankets and food to their children.
Some schools such as Libala Basic School had asked parents and guardians to donate laptops or money to enable the school hire computers for the practical exams.
The few hired computers were still not enough and the situation was worsened after ZESCO cut off power supply to most schools forcing the school authorities to delay the exams until power was restored.
As late as 02 Hours, Tuesday morning, some children were still waiting for their turn to write their exams.
Some children who had finished their papers were forced to walk back to their respective homes in the thick of the night as school authorities refused to allow them in the school grounds fearing they would leak the exams questions to their colleagues who were waiting for their turn to enter the exam room.
This is the first time the Ministry of Education is administering the ICT exams after launching a new curriculum last year.
And UPND Vice President Dr Canisius Banda revealed that some schools had a ratio of 9 computers for every 600 pupils.
Dr Banda condemned the situation described it as a new low in examination management in Zambia.
‘What governance experiment are we running here? Who or what is the government going to blame this time? Bill Gates? Or are we also going to say that this is a global problem so no Zambia should fret? Dr Banda queried.
‘In addition to loadshedding, the cause as it is being said this time is a severe shortage of computers, remember the USD 300000 we recently spent on an aeroplane we hired? Just how many computers would that have bought us?’
He said, ‘Barring this, this shameful nonsense of going round and round in circles of leadership and governance failure will continue. Norway, a country smaller and much ‘less endowed’ naturally than Zambia is number one on the HDI (Human Development Index) in the world.’
He said Zambia, one of the top 5 producers of copper in the world, has nothing to show for this status.