Karoi school clocks 2 years without electricity

File pic: power transformer

KAROI High School has gone for almost two years without electricity after its transformer was struck by lightning.

School development committee chairperson Abraham Dick confirmed the development to NewsDay.

‘‘The school computer department has no practical lessons and pupils are not studying at night as a result. This has affected our pass rate. Some science practical lessons that need electricity are not being done,’’ said Dick.

He said they notified the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) officials who gave them a quotation of $3 million for a new transformer.

‘‘The school cannot raise that money.  The school is facing challenges, hence we call on authorities to look into the matter,” he said.

Council chairperson Abel Matsika pleaded with ZETDC to avail a new transformer.

‘‘As a local authority, we are equally concerned about failure by ZETDC to avail a transformer for Karoi school located less than 500 metres from their workplace. It is affecting the whole community,’’ said Matsika.

ZETDC spokesperson George Manyaya promised to look into the matter.

‘‘ZETDC has not been spared by vandalism of transformers including natural disasters like lightning. As a company we are trying to get some transformers into the country. I need time to investigate why it has taken this long without being attended to,’’ said Manyaya in a telephone interview.

Established in 1986, Karoi High is one of the two government-run schools in Karoi with an enrolment of 700 students.

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