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Woman sits final year exams in hospital 30 minutes after giving birth

Almaz Derese, 21, went into labor overnight Monday and delivered her baby on the day her secondary school exams were due to start. Derese told CNN she did not want to wait another year to sit the exams. "Although it was very hard to take an exam after giving birth, I did not want to waste the opportunity that I tirelessly worked for a decade," she said.Derese, who lives in the Illu Aba Bora district, in Ethiopia's southwest, sat for papers in English, Maths and Amharic, Ethiopia's official language. Kebede Negesu, the head of the region's exam board, told CNN they assigned an examiner to monitor her while she wrote the exams at the hospital."Her husband told us [Almaz] was unable to sit for the exam in a classroom, and we asked her whether she would be able to take the exam or not. She said 'yes,'" Negesu said.Almaz got married at the age of 17, but says her husband always encouraged her to continue her education."My husband was so supportive, and he always encouraged me to be strong in my education. When I say that I must take the exam right after giving birth, he did not hesitate to help me," she said.Almaz returned to the exam center on Tuesday to take more tests.These schoolgirls want an end to child marriage. So they're fighting to change their country's constitutionIt is not unusual for pregnant girls to continue their education in secondary schools in Ethiopia, where more than 40 percent of young girls are married before the age of 18.According to a 2018 UNICEF report, Read More – Source

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