Grade 7 pupil in exam birth

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A GRADE Seven pupil at Murongwe Pri­mary School in Mberengwa East experienced labour pains in the mid­dle of her Zim­babwe Schools Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (Zim­sec) na­tional ex­am­i­na­tion on Mon­day and was rushed home where she gave birth.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred when pupils were sit­ting for an English Pa­per 2 exam.

The girl whose name has been with­held to pro­tect her since she is a mi­nor was rushed home be­fore she was fer­ried to Murongwe Clinic nearby.

The mi­nor, whose age could not be es­tab­lished im­me­di­ately, was al­lowed to con­tinue writ­ing the exam from the clinic with two in­vig­i­la­tors su­per­vis­ing her.

The girl, who lives in Mhepo Vil­lage un­der Chief Mataruse in Mberengwa East, gave birth min­utes af­ter shock­ing un­sus­pect­ing class­mates and teach­ers at her school when she suddenly went into labour.

Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Mrs Agnes Gudo, con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

She how­ever could not shed more light on the mat­ter, say­ing she was still wait­ing for a for­mal re­port from the re­spon­si­ble district.

“I’m aware of the in­ci­dent but I’ve sketchy details be­cause I’m yet to get finer details from the re­spon­si­ble district. I will be able to fur­nish you with more in­for­ma­tion once I re­ceive a full re­port,” she said.

A rel­a­tive to the mi­nor who spoke to The Chron­i­cle on con­di­tion of anonymity said the girl who had con­cealed the pregnancy started ex­pe­ri­enc­ing labour pains while writ­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion be­fore giv­ing birth at a nearby clinic.

The rel­a­tive said the mi­nor con­cluded her ex­am­i­na­tions from the hos­pi­tal bed yes­ter­day un­der the watch of the two fe­male teach­ers.

“She was rushed to Murongwe Clinic but she had al­ready given birth. She was first taken home where she de­liv­ered be­fore be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal.

“She had to fin­ish her ex­am­i­na­tion on her hos­pi­tal bed,” said the rel­a­tive.

He said it was agreed that she would fin­ish other ex­am­i­na­tion papers from her hos­pi­tal bed since she was not fit to re­turn to class since she had started breast­feed­ing.

Mberengwa East MP Cde Makhosini Hlongwane be­moaned early in­dul­gence in sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties by ju­ve­niles and school-go­ing chil­dren.

He said early in­dul­gence in sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties had re­sulted in un­wanted preg­nan­cies which he said have neg­a­tive ramifications on their ed­u­ca­tion.

“It’s an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion that a Grade Seven pupil was im­preg­nated and gave birth while writ­ing na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions.

“Gov­ern­ment pol­icy is to en­cour­age the girl child to com­plete ed­u­ca­tion and de­sist from in­dulging in sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties at an early age,” he said.

“This has ramifications on their ed­u­ca­tion tra­jec­tory. If we look deeper the child could have been sex­u­ally abused by an adult which in it­self be­comes a rape case.” Di­rec­tor, dra­matic

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