- A student of Gushegu SHS in the Northern region delivered a baby in the exam hall while writing her WASSCE 2021
- The young lady went into just about one and half hours after she started her English Language paper on Monday, September 2021
- Another student reportedly helped her to deliver after which she and the baby were sent to a hospital for treatment
- She returned to the exams hall to complete her exams after receiving medical care
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The 2021 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE 2021) is currently underway.
Students across the country sat for their English Language (core) paper today, September 13, 2021.
For a young lady who schools at the Gushegu Senior High School (SHS) in the Northern Region, it was definitely difficult.
The difficulty of the English paper did not come from the test itself but she gave birth to a baby while writing the paper.
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According to a report on Graphic Online, the student (name withheld) went into labour around 10:00 am while she was busily writing the exam.
She was helped by one of the female students to deliver before she and her baby were subsequently taken to the Gushegu Municipal Hospital for medical care.
Notwithstanding her childbirth, the student returned from the hospital to complete her paper which was to end at 11:30.
She gave birth to a baby boy who was reported to be doing well at the time of this report.
While the young lady's story sounds impossible, she seems to have been helped by the timetable.
According to Isaac Frimpong Kusi-Siaw, the head of the English department at Konongo Odumasi SHS, WASSCE students had three hours to write the paper.
The paper was divided into two parts which were the essay and the objectives. While the essay had two hours, the objectives were to be completed in one hour.
"The essay started at 8:30 am and was completed at 10:30 am to be followed by the objectives from 10:30 to 11:30 am.
"This means she went into labour one and half hours after the exams started and for any serious student, she would have done the best part of the test," Kusi-Siaw explained.