Arusha Times (Arusha)

22 March 2014

Tanzania: Parents Reject School Meals for Fear of Witchcraft

Some parents and guardians in Hanang' district in Manyara region have stopped their children from eating school meals for fear of witchcraft. They fear that the children will be bewitched through the food at school.

It is claimed that some of the parents in Hanang' district stopped their children from eating and do not pay the fee for the meals offered as they worry that the children will be bewitched.

Christina Mndeme, the District Commissioner has condemned that act and said that all heads of schools must ensure that children eat meals at school with no worries and harsh measures would be taken against those who encourage the witchcraft hype.

" Eating meals at school ensures the children concentration in class therefore the society should stop promoting such a wrong idea of stopping children from eating food for fear of witchcraft," said MS Mndeme.

Oscar Kapinga, the Officer in charge of primary education of Hanang district said that among other occurrences last year was the increase in the success rates from 16% in 2012 up to 32.72%.

"Gwanaya Primary School in Measkron ward has worked hard to achieve a level of success since in 2012 it held the 93rd position but held the 13th position this year and Gabesh school was 94th and took 58th position this year, "said Kapinga.

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