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

Swazi Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Won­der­boy Dlamini

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.

Trau­ma­tised

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.

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