n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - The effects of teenage motherhood on secondary school learners in rural communities of Limpopo Province, South Africa

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of teenage motherhood on the secondary education of learners. A qualitative research method and a descriptive, exploratory, and phenomenological research design were adopted to undertake the study. Five one-on-one interviews were conducted at secondary schools of Ga-Molepo in the Capricorn District, Limpopo Province, South Africa and data were analysed by using Tesch's method of open coding. Four themes and nine sub-themes were generated from the analysed data. The research findings indicate that teenage motherhood does not have a negative effect on the ability of the learner to continue schooling, but also suggest that the various challenges experienced by the learner do have adverse effects on her school performance and ultimate decision to suspend her studies. There were other factors that influenced her academic performance and decision to continue or suspend school attendance; namely family support, experiences at school, as well as the cultural beliefs, traditions, and perceptions of the society. It is recommended that school-based reproductive health education, nursing education, practice, research and administration introduce programmes on reproductive health and contraception.

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