By Taurai Maunga
Food shortages caused by the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities has hit most boarding schools in Kwekwe District.
Authorities and learners have been forced to put in place dietary adjustment measures, The Midlands Observer reports.
Sources said boarding schools in the province are experiencing hard times as they are failing to supply full meals to the learners.
“We are now having reduced meals. We used to have full meals during breakfast, lunch and supper but that has now changed,” learners who spoke to this reporter on condition of anonymity told this reporter.
Most schools are having challenges in accessing cooking oil and meat.
The country is currently experiencing cooking oil shortages which have seen the re-emergence of long queues for the commodity.
Shortages of foreign currency have been cited as a critical factor that is affecting production and supply.
Cooking oil and other basic commodities such as bread, meat and sugar have been scarce amid failures by government to secure adequate foreign currency for manufacturers to import raw materials.
The shortages have triggered the return of the black market where a two litre bottle of cooking oil is sold at prices ranging from $10-$15.
In an interview Kwekwe District Schools Inspector Bernard Mazambani confirmed the shortages.
“Most schools buy their foodstuffs in bulk and there are schools which are currently struggling. I am yet to ascertain which schools are most affected with the current situation its possible for them to struggle with providing good meals to their pupils,” he said.