Bekele Atoma Boru
A 21-year-old Ethiopian woman has told BBC that she took one of her secondary school leaving exams 30 minutes after giving birth on Monday.
Almaz Derese, who is from Metu in western Ethiopia, had hoped to sit the tests before her baby was born, but the exams were postponed because of Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
She went into labour on Monday shortly before the first paper was due to start.
“Because I was rushing to sit for the exam, my labour wasn’t difficult at all,” Ms Almaz told BBC Afaan Oromoo.
She took her English, Amharic and maths exams in the Karl Metu hospital, but hopes to take the remaining tests at the exam centre over the next two days.
The new mother said that studying while being pregnant was not a problem and she did not want to wait until next year to graduate.
Monday’s exams went well, she added.
Her husband Tadese Tulu told the BBC that he had to persuade the school to allow her to take the exams at the hospital.
Ms Almaz now wants to take a two-year course that will prepare her for university.
Her baby son is said to be doing well.
Eya. 30 minutes after giving birth she is doing national exams?
Writing on her lap? They brought a whole guard and his weapon for her but not a desk and a chair?
When will Ministries of Education out here learn that people, especially new mothers, can sit supplementary exams? https://t.co/Wbf2h9VKUv
— Dr. Njoki Ngumi 🇰🇪 (@njokingumi) June 11, 2019
I hope one day soon we can talk about the securitisation of national examinations in parts of Africa. https://t.co/EqgBouz2gL
— Nanjala Nyabola (@Nanjala1) June 11, 2019