New mother gives exam 30 minutes after delivering baby, goes viral

 

New mother gives exam 30 minutes after delivering baby, goes viral

An examiner was assigned to monitor her while she wrote the exams at the hospital.

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Published: Sat 15 Jun 2019, 8:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 15 Jun 2019, 10:51 AM

Almaz Derese went into labour overnight and delivered a boy on the day her secondary school exams were due to start. "Although it was very hard to take an exam after giving birth, I did not want to waste the opportunity that I tirelessly worked for a decade," Derese was quoted as saying in CNN.
Derese sat for papers in English, Maths and Amharic, Ethiopia's official language, adding that she did not want to waste another year by missing exams. While, Kebede Negesu, the district's education head, said they assigned an examiner to monitor her while she wrote the exams at the hospital.
"Her husband told us [Derese] was unable to sit for the exam in a classroom, and we asked her whether she would be able to take the exam or not. She said 'yes'," Negesu said. Derese lives in the Illu Aba Bora district in Ethiopia's southwest and got married at the age of 17. "My husband was so supportive, and he always encouraged me to be strong in my education. When I say that I must take the exam right after giving birth, he did not hesitate to help me," she said.
According to a 2018 UNICEF report, Ethiopia has 15 million child brides and more than a third of them were married before they were 15 years. Further, more than 11 students who gave birth since the start of the National Examinations have also sat for their tests.


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