Poor Telecommunications Coverage Continues To Haunt Umzingwane
Umzingwane villagers are cut out from the rest of the world due to poor telecommunications coverage.
As the world migrates to e-technologies with most of the country's urban areas having access to mobile communication networks, it is a different story in most remote parts of Umzingwane, Matabeleland South.
UMZINGWANE (The Citizen Bulletin) — In Umzingwane, it is still a nightmare to make a simple phone call. For learners, it is devastating as they miss out on e-learning, narrates Star Mbane, one villager from Longridge farm.
Mbane fears that learners like her current form 4 child in the district will continue getting poor O' Level results.
“We have been living in an information blackout status for many years. With the advent of e-learning having been introduced in schools, our children are the worst affected,” says Dingani Ndlovu, another concerned parent.
“It's almost two years now and our children are not seriously learning…We all know that Matabeleland has always been leading in the low pass rate. There is a need to come up with strategies and installation of boosters to improve networks and help children to be able to attend e-learning lessons.”
Dingani Ndlovu, a parent
“We have raised the issue of network problems several times. There were promises that the boosters would be installed a long time ago. But to date, we still face the same network challenges,” Ward 12 councilor Elliot Dube says.