Views and Perceptions of Teachers and Adolescents on Adolescent’s Pregnancy in School in Kavango Region, Namibia
The objective of this study was to
determine the views and perceptions of teachers and adolescent’s on adolescent’s
pregnancy in school in Kavango Region, Namibia.
A cross-sectional analytical study was
conducted using mixed methods - quantitative approaches among 350 school
learners (grade 6 to grade 12) and 150 school dropout adolescents (aged 12 to
19 years). For the qualitative approaches 15 school learners and 25 teachers
went through an in-depth interview. In total a sample of 540 was utilized.
The stratified random sampling
techniques were used in the selections of the circuit and the schools.
Structured questionnaires were used in face-to-face interviews, and in depth
interviews were conducted among the key informants (teachers).
Themes and subthemes were identified and
discussed: Challenges for learners in grasping or understanding the concept on
reproductive health towards; Poverty – early marriages, bribe from men.
Identified cultural barriers on reduction of the prevalence of adolescent
pregnancy, towards; Culture – uncomfortable and shy to talk about sex.
study found that the following aspects/factors: lack
of parental supervision; poverty; lack of knowledge and communication skills to
talk to their children regarding sex & contraceptives; parental
irresponsibility; lack of sex education; were
associated with adolescent pregnancy in Kavango region.
Keywords: Adolescents, Teachers, Reproductive
health, Sexual health.
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