Nursing student prevented from writing exams because she’s found pregnant

Nursing student prevented from writing exams because she’s found pregnant

- Drama unfolded at the Gushegu Midwifery Training School in the Northern region when the school authority sacked a student because she was pregnant

- The school has a rule which bars students who are pregnant from writing exams

- The public have been outraged by this backwards act and are calling for the head of the school administrators

Ghana’s social media space has been buzzing with news that final year student of Gushiegu Midwifery School was Wednesday sacked from an examination hall because she is pregnant.

Cecelia Awuni revealed her ordeal to Accra based Joy FM Thursday. She also noted that this is not the first time just a thing has happened in the school.

The Principal of the School asked me to go home and return next year to complete her studies because i was pregnant,” she said.

Nursing student prevented from writing exams because she’s found pregnant

A pregnant nursing student has been prevented from writing exams

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The story was also confirmed on Starr News by a lecturer of the school [who pleaded anonymity] but stated that the school was acting on the orders of the Midwifery Council.

According to the lecturer pregnant students have been prevented from writing exams over the years. The only option available to students is to defer.

The story which went viral in the media and social media has led to the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council announcing that Cecelia will be given a second opportunity to take the exam.

We do not have any statutes that bar students from writing exams when they are pregnant. This is something that the Council doesn’t take kindly to... Pregnancy is not a criminal offence,” the registrar, Felix Nyanteh said.

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The Gushiegu Midwifery School was established in September 2012 and it’s aims core mandate is to improve maternal and child health as well as reduce mortality rate in the Northern region.

It started with less than 35 students in 2017 but can now boast of over 280 students. It comprises 47 post basic midwifery students, 84 basic registered midwifery students with eight tutors and three part-time tutors.

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