16 Jan 2014 10:00am
OSHILEMBA, 16 JAN (NAMPA) Learners of the Oshilemba Combined School (CS) in the Omusati Region are boycotting school because of a demonic spirit at that school.
The 2014 academic year commenced countrywide on Wednesday, but the Oshilemba learners have decided, together with their parents, to stay away from lessons until the situation at the school has been resolved.
The school is faced with a demonic attack on some children in the form of a snake since 2011, and the number of affected children has increased to 60 at this stage, said one of the parents, Loide Shilongo.
She told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday that children faint and start screaming when the demon attacks them, and this has always resulted in chaos at the school for the past three years.
This has resulted in poor results for the school. We have consulted all the relevant authorities in the region, but to no avail, said Shilongo, who is acting as the spokesperson of the Oshilemba community.
She said concerned parents held a consultative meeting at a spot near the school on Wednesday morning and decided that other churches should be involved on the grounds that the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) have thus far failed with their healing prayers.
She singled out the Pentecostal churches as better religious organisations that the parents want to conduct healing-prayer sessions at the school.
The community also demanded that Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi intervene by visiting the school to talk to parents and their children as soon as possible.
We have written a letter requesting Minister Namwandi to come to the school, and this letter has already been given to our inspector of education to forward it to the minister, Shilongo explained.
The principal of the school was not immediately available for comment.
Meanwhile, the parents also resolved that instead of their children going to school, parents will gather at the school at 11h00 each day until such a time their demands are met.