Witchcraft allegations as pupils faint at Namibian school

2016-04-18 11:36


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Windhoek - Allegations of witchcraft have hit the Kunene region of Namibia after pupils were reported to have fainted while writing examinations, The Namibian has reported.

Panic was sparked at the Okangwati Combined School after reports revealed that a number of Grade 10 pupils fainted while writing examinations at the school, with several others reporting that they felt ill.

According to Levi Musilika, circuit inspector in the area, an investigation into the incident had been launched.

Many believed the strange development was linked to witchcraft.

"I need to interview the affected learners and the teachers who witnessed the alleged incident," Musilika said.

Despite similar incidents having been reported at several other institutions, Musilika said that the strange occurrence had been the first of its kind within his circuit.

In 2013, more than 20 students in the Kharas Region of the country were reported to have been plagued by attacks similar to those experienced by victims of epilepsy.

The development led many to believe that the learners were being attacked by "demonic" entities.

A similar incident also occurred a year later in the Omusati region, where a teacher and principal at the Oshilemba Combined School were accused of eliciting "demonic attacks" at the institution.

Despite concerned parents calling for the school to be exorcised, acting director of education Loide Shatiwa rubbished the claims, stating that the incident was a symptom of mass hysteria.

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