Twenty-year-old Dil Kumari Oli began her SLC journey on Monday alongside 310 students at Kanti High School in Butwal. However, unlike the other test takers, Dil Kumari has to balance her one month old son on her lap and is the only nursing mother in the exam hall.
Fortunately, she has been allowed to bring her fifth grader niece to help take care of the baby. Oli who is originally from Shidari in Argakhanchi is the wife of a former Maoist guerrilla, and completed up to Grade 8 from Sagram Secondary School in Dang. Currently she is studying at the open school run jointly by the Educational Human Resource Development Centre and the District Education Office in Rupandehi.
Other unconventional test takers include a woman in Rukum who went into labour at the start of the exam, delivered a baby boy and returned half an hour later to finish her exam in Takshera. At another exam centre in Nayagad of Rukum, Kabita BK gave birth to a daughter during her SLC exam.
Mother of all exams