Nursing student prevented from writing exam over pregnancy

Nursing student prevented from writing exam over pregnancy
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Date: 11-05-2017 Time: 10:05:07:am
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A final year student of Gushiegu Midwifery School was Wednesday sacked from an examination hall midway through her papers for being pregnant.

In the morning of Wednesday, May 10, 2017, four months old pregnant Cecelia Awuni was sacked from the examination hall.

Cecilia is married and was about to write the fourth out of six papers and would have completed the course in the school this Friday.

But the Principal of the School asked her to go home and return next year to complete her studies because of her pregnancy.

Cecelia is not the first student to suffer this fate.

Joy News’ investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni recounted how another pregnant nursing student last year had a medically induced delivery to have her baby ahead of the exam so she could write her papers.

Sarah Denyi who was a student at the Jirapa Midwifery School said she had completed her course work and was waiting for her final exam.

Just before the exam, she received marching orders from the Principal of the school to go home and come back the next Academic year to complete the course.

She was pregnant.

Mrs Denyi got some people to intervene on her behalf.

The Principal said the only concession she would make was that she would be allowed to sit the exam if gave birth before the exam was due.

Determined to sit the exam, she sought medical counsel and decided to resort to induced labour so she could give birth in time to be able to take the exam.

Sarah Denyi said she went through the process, but when she got back to the school, she was told she had missed the boat as registration for the exam had closed.

The intervention of several influential people and the Nursing and Midwifery Council got her to write her papers

She passed all her papers.

But Cecelia doesn’t appear to be that lucky.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council which is the regulatory body in charge of the nursing and midwifery schools appears to endorse the decision to prevent her from sitting the exam.

The head of Public Relations at the Council, Nana Boateng Agyeman, said the decision was in the interest of the student.

Whilst admitting there is no law preventing a pregnant woman from writing exams, he said the training is such that a pregnant woman may lack the capacity to effectively participate in all the activities.

Mrs Awuni's husband said she is so distraught by the development.

He told Joy FM's Super Morning Show his wife is gifted and would excel in her exam if she was allowed to sit the rest of the papers. 


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