Mokgalo JSS students return to school
The Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) has no explanation to a September 11th mysterious attack at Mokgalo Junior Secondary School in Lecheng.
Learning was disrupted as several students who seemed to be possessed by a mysterious power brought panic in the school.
Eye witnesses told The Voice that students rolled around on the ground, while others screamed in agony and speaking gibberish.
With allegations of Satanic practices by some in the school, most parents withdrew their students from the school.
Responding to a questionnaire sent by The Voice MoESD Permanent Secretary Miriam Maroba, said the Ministry is aware of the incident at the school that led to the removal of some learners from the institution by their parents following an apparent misunderstanding of the situation.
“At this stage, we are not able to say what led to the situation,” was the Ministry’s response when queried about the cause of the attack.
Maroba further told The Voice that they are consulting with parents, students, local authorities and other stakeholders to better understand the challenges and further address the situation the school is currently facing.
She said in total they recorded 10 learners who displayed strange behavior.
While she stated that no students quit school as a result of the situation, the PS said as of Thursday 14 September, there were 250 students who were absent from school.
“Some of these students were released after being requested by their parents to be away from school; and some have since returned,” she said.
She further dismissed as unfounded Satanism accusations leveled against some members of the school management.
She further said the Ministry has involved health personnel, social workers, Guidance and Counselling staff and community leaders in the area to assess learners and address parents with a view to stabilizing the situation.
“The exercise is ongoing; and so far the intervention is bearing fruit as each day the number of learners who are returning to school increases,” she said.