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Masindi mother girl steps up for a second chance

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    Francis Mugerwa

    A day after dashing out of an examination room to have a baby, 18-year-old Flora Abale turned up yesterday and sat for her two remaining papers. Ms Abale’s baby girl, who was given the name Nambuuzo, was yesterday reported to be in good health under the care of her great grandmother, Ms Beatrice Okwi.

    While the newborn baby slept soundly, Ms Abale toiled away at a mathematics paper at Kiryandongo BCS Primary School, one of 569,890 pupils who sat for their Primary Leaving Examinations this week. School officials revealed to Daily Monitor that Ms Abale came close to being part of the sad statistics of girl-children who become pregnant and drop out of school, but for her perseverance and determination.

    “She had been discontinued for most of third term and only returned to sit for her final exams,” Mr Severino Odia, the head teacher at the school, said.
    “She is ready for her final paper and has told us that she expects to excel.”
    Abale came to national prominence on Monday when she went into labour during a Social Studies exam and was rushed to Kiryandongo Hospital where she delivered a baby girl. She is one of many girls who have been allowed to continue with school after getting pregnant.

    At Mihembero Primary School, in the same district, six pregnant pupils were reported to have sat the examinations successfully.
    Local residents flocked to Ms Okwi’s home, less than two kilometres from Ms Abale’s school, to catch a glimpse of the baby.