School girls collapsing at Keetmanshoop

22 Sep 2013 05:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 22 SEP (NAMPA) – Eleven learners, mostly girls, from the J.A Nell and Suiderlig high schools in Keetmanshoop collapsed during their lunch breaks and study sessions since Monday.
Two of the students are from Suiderlig and the rest from J.A Nel.
A teacher from J.A Nel told Nampa on Saturday that the learners collapsed one by one during the course of the week.
“We thought it was not serious after two girls collapsed, but then we realised it is critical as more and more students started collapsing at lunch hour and during study sessions in the evening.
It mostly happened to Grade 10 students who are busy studying for their year-end examinations. Our fear is that they might fail,” said the teacher, who asked for anonymity.
The teacher said all students who collapsed were taken to the local hospital.
Deputy Director of Education in the //Karas Region, Celi Mostert told this agency on Sunday that the learners were diagnosed with either high or low blood pressure.
“There were no other serious deceases detected, but we are puzzled about the situation. We do not really know what to expect,” Mostert said.
A local politician, who preferred not to be identified by name, said he is concerned about the students, and urged schools to act quickly before any of the students die.