ERIC Number: ED405521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-29
Reference Count: N/A
Pregnancy-Related School Dropouts in Botswana. Final Report.
Meekers, Dominique; Ahmed, Ghyasuddin
In many Sub-Saharan African countries, there are concerns about high rates of pregnancy-related school dropouts. Data from the 1988 Botswana Family Health Survey, in conjunction with focus group interviews, were used in this study. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of family life education on schoolgirl pregnancy, and to identify the factors that facilitate the return to school of girls who drop out because of pregnancy. Since independence in 1966, Botswana has experienced a dramatic expansion and improvement of educational facilities. The commitment of post-independence governments to provide universal basic education resulted in a rapid increase in primary and secondary enrollments. This impressive record of educational progress is hampered by high "leakage" rates after primary school and after junior secondary school, due to schoolgirl pregnancies. This study shows that pregnancy caused 7.8% of the women aged 15-49 to drop out of primary school, as well as 19.7% of those who attended secondary school. Recent family life education efforts that have been instituted have affected this rate somewhat, but there is a continued need to strive for more comprehensive and higher quality family life education programs as well as a need for policies that encourage and facilitate the return to school of pregnant students who dropped out. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Population Services International, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Botswana