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Exam mother resting, waiting for outcome

Sisowat Sihasa lays wrapped in blankets in Koh Kong after being born last week
Sisowat Sihasa lays wrapped in blankets in Koh Kong after being born last week. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Exam mother resting, waiting for outcome

The husband of a heavily pregnant woman rushed out of this year’s one-chance-only national exam said the new mother has accepted that she will likely have to re-sit the test in 2016, but welcomes government efforts to find a solution.

Twenty-five-year-old Pich Sam Ath had sat all but one of the national exam papers when she was forced to leave her maths test on Tuesday afternoon, due to severe pregnancy pains.

Her husband, Prince Sisowat Rithy Ravon – a grandson of Princess Sisowat Pong Neary Monypong – said his wife gave birth two days after the exam to a son they have named Sisowat Sihasa.

Rithy Ravon said his wife had been experiencing pain for the duration of the two-day exam, but it got progressively worse.

“On Tuesday, the pain increased and it forced her to ask for permission to leave the examination in the morning, but she was not allowed to because officials were scared of the exam being leaked.”

This week, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs led calls for the new mother not to be given a score of zero in the subject, an action that would see her fail the entire exam. The Ministry of Education has since said it will consider the “special case”.

“I thank them for the intervention, but I have prepared already to let my wife take the examination next year,” he said.

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