Pupils of a Limpopo school were attacked and bitten by snakes after they were forced to sleep in classrooms as there’s no medium to transport them home.
The pupils and their teachers were forced to sleep at the Mpepule Primary Limpopo School which is situated amidst bushes at farm Overressl 90kms out of Lephalale, Sowetan Live reports.
As reported, Mpepule Primary School’s three classrooms are being used for learning during the day and as bedrooms during the night. The Limpopo school has 142 pupils with only five teachers, including the principal who together, share the three classrooms for their night rest.
According to the report, two of the pupils, Kholo Sepoloane and Amogelang Chikwama were bitten by snakes while sleeping and are still recovering at Mokopane Hospital.
Commenting, a mother of one of the pupils who were bitten by the creeping creatures lamented about the lack of safety for pupils at the school. She related that her eight-year-old son, Kholo Sepoloane, was bitten and sustained an injury to the left hand while he was sleeping inside the classroom.
“I only got to know that my son had been bitten by a snake when he had already been admitted at Mokopane Hospital a day after the incident,” Sinah Sepoloane said.
The displeased 27-year-old mum said her heart bled when she visited her son in the hospital and found him in serious pain. Acknowledging that she’s grateful her son’s condition had improved, she begged the provincial department of education to provide transport for the kids and protect them from harm.
“Everybody around here knows that Mpepule is snake-infested but we have no other option… We are forced to take our children to the school because there is no transport for them. Now that they have become vulnerable to snake bites it leaves us heartbroken,” Sepoloane wailed.