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Girl Driven From Maternity Ward To Sit UNEB Exams

A senior four candidate in Kasese district on Monday morning gave birth to a baby boy just hours before sitting for her biology practical paper.
A senior four candidate in Kasese district on Monday morning gave birth to a baby boy just hours before sitting for her biology practical paper.

 

A doctor from Bwera Hospital says Jessica Ithungu, 18, a student at St. Kizito Vocational Secondary school in Karambi sub-county, delivered normally at about 1am and was admitted in the hospital ward with hope to do the exam from there. The school head teacher Stephen Thembo approached the UNEB scouts for permission to allow the student sit for her paper while in hospital, but the scouts declined. She was driven in an ambulance to the examination centre about 10 kilometres away.

 

The hospital immediately allocated a nurse to take care of Ithungu during examinations.

 

The chief supervisor at the examination centre, Francis Byalimandi, says despite some pain, the student did the paper and finished within the stipulated time. He says she was driven from hospital this morning to sit for History paper One in the morning and paper Four in the afternoon.

 

According to the head teacher, after realizing that Ithungu was pregnant at the start of the second term, the management worked hand in hand with her parents to make sure she didn’t abandon school. Thembo says the father of the baby is Jimmy Mumbere, a senior six candidate at neighbouring Karambi secondary school.

 

The Kasese district education Officer George Mayinja hailed Ithungu for the courage to sit the exams despite being weak. He urged her to pursue her anticipated nursing career if she performs well.

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