Lack of Electricity Hinders STEKA's Vocational Centre Expansion Drive
Lack of electricity has been cited as one of the major challenges hindering growth of the Step Kids Awareness (STEKA) vocational centre, authorities have disclosed.
STEKA Executive Director, Godknows Maseko, has disclosed to Zodiak Online yesterday that the institution is unable to roll out some of its other core courses such as welding and fabrication as well as multimedia production.
"We are currently in the process of applying for electricity. However, we have been told that the transformer alone will cost us about K13 million which we fill is on the higher side. I am therefore appealing to government to assist us on this matter through other programs such as the Malawi Rural Electrification Program (MAREP)", said Maseko.
His remarks has been shared by Loyse Masuku a tailoring and design student at the institution who said the development has greatly compromised their operations as they are relying on manual machines which he says is hampering their efficiency.
Linda Jere, a beauty and hair dressing saloon trainer at the institution also echoed similar remarks saying they are failing to operate most of their saloon equipment using solar energy, the institution has.
Meanwhile Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, ESCOM public relations officer, Peter Kanjere has advised authorities at STEKA vocation centre to officially present the complaint to the power utility.