The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is battling to deal with incidents of ancestral calling among pupils at its schools and has enlisted the assistance of cultural and religious experts to help it chart a way forward.
Hysteria, where pupils break down screaming, the wearing of beads and refusal by pupils to cut their hair for religious or ancestral beliefs are some of the issues schools are grappling with.
The department said it had been forced to act as these incidents were happening with alarming regularity.
The department has issued a notice calling for a one-day indaba to be held in September where cultural and religious experts will make presentations.
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