Midwifery student sacked for being pregnant

The Principal at the Gushegu Midwifery Training School in Ghana’s Northern Region on Wednesday, 10 May prevented a student from continuing with her examination because she is pregnant.

According to James Awumi, husband of the affected student, Cecilia Awuni, the Principal, Ms Rukaya Alhassan, refused to allow his wife to write the exams despite numerous pleas by him on the phone to that effect and irrespective of assurances by the student that she was fit for the exams.

He told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Thursday, 11 May that his wife has been left traumatised after her sacking from school on the grounds of being pregnant.

Mr Awuni has, therefore, pleaded to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Djaba, to intervene to stop the Principal from violating the rights of her wife as well as that of several other students who may have suffered similar fate at the hands of the principal.

According to the husband, his wife wrote three of six papers but was prevented from going ahead with the fourth by the Principal.

Meanwhile, Nana Agyeman, Head of the Public Relations Unit of the Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council told Joy SMS host Kojo Yankson that: “I don’t think her rights have been violated”, even though he conceded “… there is no law in Ghana that bars pregnant students from writing exams”. “We offer advice and we advised her not to write the exams,” he added.



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