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Title: Reproductive Health Education and Teenage Pregnancy in Secondary Schools of Central District, Zanzibar
Authors: Saada, Omar Msuo
Issue Date: Mar-2018
Publisher: Kampala international international : College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Abstract: This study was done to examine the effect of Reproductive Health Education on Teenage Pregnancy in Secondary Schools of Central District, Zanzibar. The study was guided by the following research objectives; to assess student’s exposure to sexual intercourse and family planning; to determine the student’s exposure to reproductive health education; to establish the cases and causes of teenage pregnancy among students and to determine the influence of reproductive health education on teenage pregnancy in secondary schools. The study employed a mixed methods research design, in which 157 questionnaires were given to students of secondary schools; 23 key informants and four focus group discussions with groups of male and female students and community members were conducted. The findings reveal that some students get exposed to sexual intercourse at the age of 15 (38% of the respondents). The majority of the students were exposed to family planning methods especially the boys who were exposed to condom use since it is the perfect method of preventing pregnancy when they have sexual intercourse with girls. Most of the students 92 percent said that they get exposed to reproductive health from their peers or friends and 58 percent through watching movies. On the cases and causes of pregnancy among the students, there was no pregnancy case recorded during data collection but last year there were six pregnancy cases. The majority of the students get pregnant due to the influence of groups (59%). Another 71 percent of the students do not engage in sexual behaviors after receiving the information from their teachers through reproductive health education. The study recommends that, students should be provided with RHE in early age so as to protect them on engagement of sexual intercourse at early age. Teachers should provide peer educator programs concerning reproductive health education during the orientation period this will help the students to have the right information on RHE. Parents should limit their children’s’ exposure to movies and TV programs because some of them contain sexual content which influence them to engage in sex and they end up of getting pregnant. Knowledge on reproductive health education should begin on elementary level when the students first attend school will help greatly in combating the problem of teenage pregnancies. Parents/guardians should guide and educate their children more on the right RH issues when the children begins to interact with others in their neighborhood which are paramount importance in preventing teenage pregnancies. The government should organize workshops or seminars for teachers on the reproductive health courses such that they should put in the school curriculum in order to teach the students and prevent early teenage pregnancy in the community.
Description: A Thesis Presented To The College Of Higher Degrees And Research In Partial Fulfilment Of The Requirements For The Award Of The Degree Of Master Of Counselling Psychology Of Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda
Appears in Collections:Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology

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