Ethiopian woman sits her school exams on a hospital bed half an hour after giving birth to a baby boy
- Almaz Derese, 21, went into labour in Metu shortly before her exams on Monday
- Her husband was able to convince the examiners to let her sit them in hospital
- Ms Derese said childbirth was not hard because she was rushing to sit her exam
- Commissioners brought the sealed papers to her ward under armed protection
An Ethiopian woman sat exams on a hospital bed just half an hour after giving birth to a baby boy.
Almaz Derese, 21, went into labour on Monday not long before her secondary school exams were due to start in Metu in western Ethiopia.
She had hoped to sit them before her son’s birth, but the exams were postponed because of Ramadan.
Almaz Derese, 21, completes her secondary school exams from her bed after giving birth to a baby boy at the Karl Mettu Hospital in Metu, western Ethiopia
Her husband Tadese Tulu was able to persuade the school to let her sit the papers from the Karl Mettu Hospital, the BBC reported.
The public examinations commissioners took the sealed envelopes containing the tests under armed police protection to the maternity ward, TPI reported.
‘Because I was rushing to sit the exam, my labour wasn’t difficult at all,’ Ms Derese told the BBC.
She was keen to get her English, Amharic and maths exams out of the way so that she could apply for a two-year university course.
Examinations commissioners took the sealed envelopes containing the exams to the hospital under armed protection
She told the BBC the exams went well and her baby boy is in good health.
Ms Derese will sit her remaining exams with her fellow pupils in examination halls.
In Ethiopia it is common practice for girls to leave secondary school to give birth to children and return to complete their studies as young adults.
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