Students at Evelyn Hone College have appealed to government and other stakeholders to help end the prolonged loadshedding at the institution and the erratic water supply.
The students have complained that the institution has been experiencing erratic water supply and prolonged load shedding which were affecting their studies especially those who are in their final years.
They have said that they do not have electricity power for many hours and that it was hard for them to study especially for those who are doing computers and programmes that needed power.
The students said it was even difficult for them to study at night because there was usually no electricity power and the situation agitated the students.
Evelyn Hone College Students Union (ECOSU) president Madalitso Mvula said the students have tried everything within their power to ensure that their grievances were forwarded to the college management.
Mr. Mvula said it was important that government through the Ministry of Higher Education adhered to the pleas of the students before the situation got out of control and the students started rioting.
He said lack of electricity power in school could result in poor performance by the students because of inadequate time to study.
Mr. Mvula said the students were also being inconvenienced by lack of water.
He claimed that Evelyn Hone College was the only learning institution that was being load shedded. Mr Mvula said this was unfair and the treatment that the students were receiving was inhuman and unhealthy for a learning institution.
“It is not fair that as a learning institution, we should be load shedding everywhere here and now when we are supposed to have access to electricity at all times because that is the only way we will be able to study and ensure that their performance does not go down,’’ he said
Mr. Mvula appealed to management to ensure that it providedalternatives for water and power in times of load shedding or water shortage.
But Zesco spokes person Henry Kapata dismissed the complaints from Evelyn Hone College that it was not the only leaning institution that was being load shedded.
He said all institutions experience load shedding because it is not only meant for a certain section of people. Mr. Kapata said it was only health institutions that are exempted from the eight hour load shedding that went on country wide.
He urged all learning institutions to have alternative sources of power in case of load shedding or power failure at any time.