TEACHERS from Moodspruit Primary School in Gwanda District recently threatened to abandon their place of work fearing suspected goblins that were giving them sleepless nights.
Villagers close to the school said the goblins forced the teachers to seek refuge at nearby homesteads, until the goblins were exorcised through prayers. My Zimbabwe News has also gathered that all the teachers at the school including the head and her deputy are all females.
It is said that the teachers were terrorised at night as they would hear strange sounds outside and "things" moving on rooftops making it impossible for them to sleep.
Villagers said they had to take action to ensure the school did not lose the teachers since their children were going to be negatively affected.
"The teachers were no longer putting up at the school because they said there were some 'invisible things' that were disturbing their peace at the school. They were even threatening to leave the school and as villagers we had to run around to see how we can help them," said a villager who requested anonymity.
"Initially we had agreed that tsikamutandas would come and deal with the problem but we ended up opting for a prophet. The prophet conducted some prayers at the school and after that the problem seemed to have been solved because we have never had any more complaints from the teachers," said another villager.
Contacted for comment, the area's village head Delta Tshuma confirmed receiving the complainant from the teachers but said if ever the problem existed, it had since been solved.
"Yes, the teachers brought the matter to my attention and also reported it to the school committee. We had some prayers conducted at the school and discovered that there was nothing. I feel that the teachers just feared to be alone at night since all of them including the school head are females and the school is located in a mountainous area," said Tshuma.
He said there was a possibility the teachers used to hear sounds of birds and other animals at night.
Tshuma said after the prayers, no further incidences were reported by the teachers.