Ethiopian woman gives birth and sits exams 30 minutes later

A woman in Ethiopia has taken her exams in a hospital bed just 30 minutes after giving birth.

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Almaz Derese took three exams at the Karl Mettu hospital in western Ethiopi

Almaz Derese, 21, who is from Metu in western Ethiopia, had hoped to sit the tests before her baby was born, but the secondary school exams were postponed because of Ramadan.

She went into labour on Monday shortly before the first exam was due to start.

Ms Almaz said studying while pregnant was not a problem and she did not want to wait until next year to graduate.

She took her English, Amharic and maths secondary school exams in hospital on Monday and will sit her remaining tests at the exam centre over the next two days.

Armed police guarding the room as Ms Derese sat the examImage copyrightILU ABBA BOR ZONE COMMUNICATION OFFICE
Image captionArmed police transport papers and guard exam centres in Ethiopia

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

Her husband, Tadese Tulu, said he had to persuade the school to allow her to take the exams at the hospital.

In Ethiopia, it is common for girls to drop out of secondary school and return later on to complete their studies.

Ms Almaz now wants to take a two-year course that will prepare her for university.

She said she was pleased with how the exams went and her baby son is doing well.

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  1. What a gallant warrior!!! You see our women!!! I have told you a million times how more industrious they are. I wish they are the ones who are running the affairs of the old country from top to bottom!!!

    Way you go our sweetheart!!! Way to go!!! Go get’em tigress!!!

  2. Zehabesha please follow up and let us know how she did on her exams. I personally am going to be surprised if she read and understood the instructions on how to mark her answers, let alone give correct answers to the questions in her circumstance.

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