S.4 student delivers during exams-Allen Apollot in UCE Exams

S.4 student delivers during exams-Allen Apollot in UCE Exams

Allen Apollot, S.4 student delivers during exams at Kangulumira Secondary School in Nakaseke District just after 30 minutes of Entrance.

Ms Allen Apolloti says giving birth has given her the courage to do well in her exams so as to build a better future for her child.

Nakaseke- She developed labour pains immediately after sitting Geography papers 1 and 2 and with the help of a traditional birth attendant, gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
It takes weeks for one’s uterus to return to its normal size after giving birth and working mothers are given a three-month maternity leave to take care of their babies and to allow for their healing.

But this is not the case with Ms Brenda Nakampi, 18, a Senior Four student of Kabugye Secondary school in Kitayungwa Sub-county in Kamuli District.

Just a day after she gave birth, she had to sit for her next exam. On Monday, Ms Nakampi told Daily Monitor that her newborn baby was a blessing from God.

She said she was encouraged by a teacher to have her baby upon learning that she was pregnant.

With the counselling she got, she was ready for anything including raising her baby which is why she named her Innocent Kirabo (gift).

Kamuli District inspector of schools, Mr Ibrahim Kanakulya, said the student should be given attention, support and encouraged to complete her papers because she is duly registered and recognised by Uneb.

Mr Kanakulya warned schools against harassing students who are registered by denying them access to examinations because of challenges such as defaulting on school fees, pregnancies and indiscipline, saying the ministry regulations and conditions protect them as registered candidates.

He also called for support for such girls so that they are not tempted to commit abortion or drop out of school.

The head teacher, Mr Ahmed Nkenga Mpyangu, said they thought the candidate had developed examination fever.

“She concealed the pregnancy so when she developed the labour pains, we thought it was examination fever only to be told that she had delivered,” he said.

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