The Eastern Cape Department of Education on Monday said the learners were attending the 8th Provincial Economic and Management Science (EMS) Quiz competition.
The department’s spokesperson Mali Mtima said learners had just checked in when the incident occurred in the evening.
He said two pupils, a boy and a girl, were part of a three member Grade 9 team from the district who were attending the EMS.
“We were able to rush the third learner to Frere Hospital where she was admitted for further medical tests, as she survived the ordeal. She was discharged on Monday and she is recovering from the trauma,” said Mtima.
The department said parents of the learners have been informed and all the educators and subject advisors who were accompanying the learners from the district have been referred for counselling.
“The EMS competition is a competition meant to pave a way for learners to think about careers at an early stage in schooling.
“This programme includes Entrepreneurship, Economics and Financial Literacy. Partners in this competition include the South African Foundation for Economic and Financial Education (SAFEFE) and the Fort Hare University,” said the department