Ethiopian woman sits for exam in hospital 30 mins after giving birth

An Ethiopian woman sat for exams in a hospital just 30 minutes after she gave birth. The woman identified as Almaz Derese, 21, hoped to sit for the exams before her baby was born. However, the secondary school exams were postponed because of Ramadan. She put to bed  shortly before the first exam was due to start.

Ethiopian woman sits for exam in hospital 30 mins after giving birth


According to the woman, she decided to take the exam because she did not want to wait until next year to graduate. The first papers she took are English, Amharic and maths secondary school exams right on a hospital bed on Monday. She will concluded the exams over the bedroom few days.

“Because I was rushing to sit the exam, my labour wasn’t difficult at all,” Ms Almaz told BBC.

Her husband, Tadese Tulu, revealed that he persuaded the school to allow his wife take the exam at the hospital.

It is common for girls to drop out of secondary school in Ethiopia and return to complete their studies later. Ms Almaz will be taking a two-year course that will prepare her for university. According to her, she found the exam process and the baby’s arrival pleasing.

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