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Uganda school exam births shock

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Two schoolgirls have gone into labour during exams, given birth and then continued to sit their tests in the afternoon, shocking many in Uganda.

The BBC's Joshua Mmali in Uganda says some have been impressed by the determination of the teenage girls.

The first case happened in the rural area of Masindi on Monday and Ugandan papers say the baby girl was named Nambuuzo, meaning "born during exams".

A boy was born in Kibaale the next day between the maths and science exams.

Both of the young mothers were taking their national primary school leaving exams.

Our correspondent says in principle the government does not condone pregnancies in school.

In rural areas, girls as old as 18 go to junior school, he says.

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