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Bulawayo: University not priority for ZESA

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Published on Dec 20, 2011

Due to the high number of industrial and commercial sites that have been erected after the recession that hit the country in 2008 there has been a very high demand of electricity. This has however resulted in the marginal distribution of electricity around the city due to priorities of commercialization.

This marginalization directly shortchanged the both secondary and tertiary institution students who are in the final preparation of their exams. Most of the high density suburbs which have a higher capacity of students seldom have lighting between 1700hrs and 2300hrs.

This has forced them to learn to utilized the limited time they have to prepare for the study. The result of this timetable is the under-performance of most students due to the limited amount they have to prepare for their exams.

The Questions raised by most of the parents and students were in the concern of the headlines in the local newspapers about the revival of the thermal power stations to lessen the load on the exports but there has been no visible change. The problem has a great impact on the results and performance of the students and will be used as a scapegoat by many.

The intensity of the situation that there is no direct diagnosis on the locations that would seek to help the students besides supplying generators in the schools to aid them on practical subjects like metal work; computers and woodwork.

Will this problem haunt many students who will have failed next year due to the short time of preparation ? This problem however has to be rectified before the next batch of students write so as it is also directly connected to the outcome of those that will further their universities for university.

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