NAQEZ appeals to President Lungu for a special electricity Tariff

National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has appealed to President Edgar Lungu, over the urgent need for a special electricity tariff for Schools in Zambia.
Organization Executive Director Aaron Chansa said with the Covid 19 effects, bankrupt Schools in the country are not affording electricity under the Social tariff which has not proved to be sustainable under the current Circumstances.
“The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia is now appealing to the head of state, His Excellence President Edgar Lungu ,over the urgent need for a special electricity tariff for Schools in Zambia,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Chansa noted it is Social and economic injustice to expect very poor Primary Schools to be spending more than K3,000 per month on electricity and more than K25,000 per month for Boarding Schools.
“As a Country, we are surely being unfair and punitive to schools and education as a whole, over electricity,” said Mr. Chansa.
He stated that engagements with the Minister of Energy and the Energy Regulations Board over this matter have yielded nothing stating that the Head of State is the last hope.
“The nation must know that we have been engaging the Minister of Energy, honorable Mathew Nkhuwa and the Energy Regulations Board over this matter.”
The NAQEZ Executive Director has since pointed out that if the President will also not intervene, the organization foresee many schools failing to purchase power, especially during the season of national examinations .
“This would spell grave national academic consequences,” he said.

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