Learners allegedly collapse at Dibasen Junior Secondary School

WINDHOEK: A number of learners reportedly collapsed inexplicably at the Dibasen Junior Secondary School’s hostel at Okombahe in the Omaruru District on Sunday.

As with similar incidents which have been reported at schools in other regions, the incidents are being described as “demonic attacks”.

According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, the incident started on Sunday afternoon when a male learner collapsed.

A number of girls then reportedly suffered similar attacks.

A matron employed at the hostel confirmed the incident.

“More than 10 girls collapsed. We do not know what is happening, but we have called the principal to come,” she said.

Contacted for comment on Monday, the school’s principal Anton Howaeb said the situation is back to normal and the learners, who are busy writing examinations, are back at school and are well.

Meanwhile, the Inspector of Education of the Erongo Region, Engelhardt /Uirab told Nampa upon enquiry that he is waiting for an incident report from the principal before he can comment on the incident.

At Tses in the Karas Region, more than 20 learners suffered attacks similar to epileptic attacks last year during examinations, and ‘demonic attacks’ were also mentioned.

At the time, the region’s director of education Awebahe Hoeseb told local English daily the Namibian it is strange that the alleged demons are aware of the school’s examination timetable as such incidents only occur around examination time.

In January this year, the parents of learners of the Oshilemba Combined School (CS) in the Omusati Region blamed the school’s principal and a teacher there for what they said were “demonic attacks” at the school since 2011.

In that incidence, acting director of education, Loide Shatiwa dismissed the parents’ claims, saying mass hysteria is to blame and the children just need counselling.

“Demonic attacks” also disrupted examinations at Mvula Junior Secondary School (JSS) at Omaalala village in the Oshana Region in March this year.