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Pupil gives birth during exams in Masindi, Uganda

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    Isaac Khisa & Francis Mugerwa
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    A total of 1,527 Sudanese pupils yesterday sat for the ongoing Ugandan Primary Leaving Examinations on a day when a pregnant candidate in Masindi District had to be rushed from an exam room to go and deliver at a nearby hospital.

    Fiona Bbale, 18, a pupil at Kiryandongo BCS Primary School, was in the middle of her Social Studies examination when labour pains started. She was taken to Kiryadongo Hospital where she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl.

    The headmaster, Mr Severino Odia, said the pupil returned to school and completed her examination after the successful delivery.

    “I can assure you we were shocked,” Mr Odia told Daily Monitor yesterday.

    The acting Medical Superintendent, Dr Jimmy Eyiiga, later said Bbale’s birth was normal and she was recuperating.

    Bbale’s condition was not isolated because in the same district, at Mihembero Primary School, six pregnant pupils sat the examinations successfully.

    The candidates sat for Social Studies in the morning and English in the afternoon. They will be examined today in Mathematics and Basic Science.

    Sudanese candidates
    The Uganda National Examination Board Secretary, Mr Matthew Bukenya, told Daily Monitor yesterday that pupils from South Sudan are sitting for the examinations following a memorandum of understanding signed between the two governments last year.

    “The candidates in Southern Sudan are sitting for Ugandan Examinations at the same hours like their counterparts here,” Mr Bukenya said yesterday without disclosing details of the deal.

    “We even have British candidates sitting for our examinations in various schools in the country,” Mr Bukenya said, adding that it boils down to Uganda’s high quality education.