Student sits for exam less than four hours after delivering baby boy

June 4, 2010

 A Tunisian married student sat for a college physics exam less than four hours after she delivered a baby boy.

“I simply did not want to miss the exam and lose the academic year after so much work,” she said

Maher Dammak, the college dean said that the student gave birth to her baby on Thursday at 4.35 am and sat for the exam for the architecture college students at 8 am. The student-mother sat for a second exam, in French, in the afternoon.

“She is in her second year as a biology student and has always been bright,” he said. “She took four exams on Monday and Tuesday and will sit for four more end of the year tests on Friday and Saturday,” he said, quoted by Tunisian daily Assabah. Sunday is a day off in Tunisia.

The student was given the go-ahead by her doctors who said that she had had a normal delivery, although they were amazed by her determination to sit for the exams just a few hours after giving birth.

Tunisia’s education system is seen as among the most demanding in the world with the end of the year exams as the only opportunity to move to the next level. Missing or failing the exams often means repeating the academic year.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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