Exam Hysteria Causes Mass Fainting in Finals Exams
Anyone who has taken difficult or professional exams will be familiar with the collective sighs that fill the room as candidates turn over their exam paper to read the questions for the first time and the sight of people bursting into tears afterwards.
I have witnessed people needing to rush out of the exam hall to be sick, most exam centres report candidates who have passed out and had to have ambulances called, not to mention the invigilators discovering exam notes hidden in the toilets left by the exam cheats hidden behind the cisterns or rolled up inside toilet tubes
The exams that took place in Tanzania must have been a complete nightmare as candidate after candidate fainted and much crying, screaming and running around occurred for the 20 girls sitting the exam.
Not quite as spectacular as the incident in Sweden a few years ago, when some 16 year-old school girls threw off all their clothes and went on a rampage in a local park!
Junior school pupils in Tanzania experienced a mass fainting fit while taking their final year exams, an educational official has told the BBC.
The 20 girls at Ali Hassan Mwinyi School in Tabora started fainting after finishing their first paper.
"I'm not a specialist but I imagine this was a case of mass hysteria that does happen in some of the schools," Midemo Paul Makungu said.
He said it only affected the girls, some of whom took 40 minutes to revive.
"There was chaos, crying, screaming, running after that first paper," Mr Makungu, Tabora's educational officer, told the BBC News website.
More than 140 Standard Seven pupils were taking the national exam at the school in the north of the country.
He said special arrangements were made so that those who had fainted could finish the other two papers they had that day.
"They eventually finished at 11pm," he said.