TEACHER DROPS DEAD AT MORNING ASSEMBLY
Pupils and teachers to undergo counselling after witnessing the traumatic incident where a teacher who appeared healthy and sound suddenly collapsed and died right in front of them during a morning assembly
TRAGEDY struck at Lonhlupheko Primary School when a female teacher suddenly collapsed and died in full view of pupils and teachers during a morning assembly session.
The incident which has left pupils and teachers at the school traumatised happened last Thursday.
Information gathered is that the teacher suffered cardiac arrest (a sudden malfunctioning of the heart) as she appeared to be well upon arrival at the school earlier on the day.
Principal of the school, Miriam M bingo confirmed the incident. Mbingo disclosed that the Grade Three teacher did not report any illness prior to her sudden death.
As a result, she was tasked to lead the morning assembly session as teachers normally take turns in conducting the sessions. Mbingo said the teacher was leading the pupils in reciting a poem when she suddenly collapsed and lost consciousness.
In the midst of shock, the teacher was whisked away and taken into the staff room where other teachers attempted to resuscitate her. Mbingo said the situation appeared to be serious hence the teacher was rushed to Good Shepherd Hospital.
“Apparently the situation turned out to be very serious, so we had to use one of the teachers’ vehicles to rush the deceased to hospital as we could not wait for an ambulance to arrive,” said the principal. Worse, paramedics in Siteki are said to be currently without an ambulance. Mbingo said the teacher was certified dead upon arrival at the hospital.
The principal said the incident left teachers and pupils traumatised and were currently having difficulty to continue with their lessons. Some teachers at the school are said to have cried hysterically. Meanwhile, Regional Education Officer Dzabulase Mthupha also confirmed the incident. Mthupha disclosed that his office sent officers to the school last Friday to assess the situation. Moreover, he said a team of counsellors would be visiting the school today to engage the pupils and teachers. “We were still assessing the situation of St Holy Ghost Primary where a pupil was speared to death in front of his peer sand this is why we have delayed attending to the pupils and teachers at Lonhlupheko,” said Mthupha. In the meantime, members of the Site ki branch of SNAT are said to have visited the school yesterday to comfort the teachers and pupils on their loss.