Water and power cuts in the country’s second-largest city, Bulawayo, are hampering activities at learning institutions.
Bulawayo Provincial Education Director Mrs Olicah Kaira said that thousands of pupils are being affected.
Practical subjects which require electricity to be conducted, such as food and nutrition, Fashion and Fabrics, Woodwork, Metal Work, Computer Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry have been negatively impacted.
Evening lessons have also been disrupted as ZESA normally restore power close to midnight.
Kaira bemoaned the effects of electricity and water cuts. She said:
Agricultural projects, poultry rearing, school feeding and general health care is compromised. The weekly cuts are having a toll on institutions in general.
Operations are compromised especially with power cuts when schools need to run the mid-year exams. Computers and printers are not working. Schools need water and electricity to be fully functional.