MARACHA. A 28-year-old woman from Pio village in Yivu Sub-county, Maracha District has returned to school, 12 years after dropping out due to pregnancy.
Ms Vicky Driciru reversed her decision to leave marriage life and return to school after seeing the benefits and efforts on promoting girl-child education in Maracha. Ms Driciru is now a Senior Two student at Yivu Senior secondary school after she dropped out in Senior One from Nyadri Urban Secondary School in 2003.
Speaking to Daily Monitor this week, Ms Driciru said she dropped out of school after she became pregnant by a man she is related to and was consequently dismissed from school. She stayed with her parents for two years, before conceiving again to the same man.
Five years later, she got married to a primary school teacher with whom she bore another baby.
“I abandoned the marriage for studies because there are now many challenges today and I already have three children. I realised if I continue with the marriage, nobody will cater for my children,” Ms Driciru said.
She said attempts to convince her husband to take her to school never yielded any fruit since he was not ready to pay school fees.
The decision to return to school took her brother Baptist Dramaza by surprise.
“When she came to me requesting to go back to school, I took it lightly because we were already disappointed by her previous conduct. I later accepted after realising that she was serious.” Mr Dramaza said.
Ms Florence Badaru, the Yivu SS senior woman, said Ms Driciru is doing well at school.
“We are happy that this should be an inspiration to other students. She is disciplined and hard working. We have not registered any problem with her,” Ms Badaru said.