Monday, 5 November 2012
Kasese girl braves labour pains to sit PLE exams
A primary seven candidate at Kasanga primary school, Bwera sub-county, Kasese District on Monday had to endure labour pains as she sat for Primary Leaving Examinations.
"The pregnant girl developed labour pains in the middle of the first paper – Mathematics – this morning and was rushed to hospital but did not deliver,” the Kasese District Education Officer, George Mayinja, told this newspaper.
He says she later returned and sat for the afternoon Social Studies exam in the same condition.
Mr Mayinja commended the girl for being brave.
He says the district did not face any major challenges on the first day of the examinations, save for the poor roads in the mountainous sub-counties which affected the delivery of examination papers on time.
Kasese Municipality Education Officer, Lawrence Tiruganya, said that about 20 candidates, mostly girls, have missed the examinations due to pregnancy.
However, he said that the parents are to blame in such cases because UNEB rules do not stop pregnant candidates from sitting the examinations.
About 9708 candidates registered for PLE, which started nationwide today, in rural Kasese, while 2503 registered in Kasese Municipality.