Teenage pregnancy continues to rise in today’s society. It is estimated that about 16 million girls are married off every year (WHO, 2018) contributing to the number of teenage pregnancies across the globe. In Nigeria, 23% of females aged between 15-19 years are bearing children. This can be attributed to illiteracy, societal practices and poverty encouraging girls enter into sexual relationship at an early age. This condemnable situation leads to numbers complications which include; sexually transmitted diseases, school drop outs, pressure on the health sector, increased mortality to mention but a few. These impacts of school enrollment and drop out have significant implications on national development and therefor needs to be tackled urgently. This study therefore, seeks to analyze the influence of teenage pregnancy on secondary school education in Nigeria using a case study of Obio-Akpor L.G.A, Rivers State. The instrument for data collation was a semi-structured questionnaire and the data obtained analyzed employing SPSS version 2.0. A total of 802 respondents responded to the interview making the rate of response 96.2 %. Majority of the respondents were teenagers and 151 (18.1%) being parents. Findings from the study revealed that teenage pregnancy significantly impacted school enrollment, that a significant percentage of teenagers are pregnant before 15, lack of education of parents and teenagers increased the probability of teenage pregnancy, poverty and drug abuse increased the likelihood of teenage pregnancy while teenager mothers 61.2 percent likely to withdraw from school because of the financial obligations of being a mother. In addition, the study makes a number of recommendations which include; sensitization programs should be initiated by relevant bodies to educate the populace on the impact of teenage pregnancies, Policies that facilitate better health care services for teenagers should be deployed by government and non-government organizations, Government and non-governmental organizations should make contraceptive services easily accessible and affordable, School-based daycare facilities should be provided for soon to be/already teenage parents, Psychological help should be provided to students in secondary to help them deal with pressures of peers and societal stigmatization.
This study examined contributing variables to teenage pregnancy among female adolescents in Akoko districts of Ondo State. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for this study. The Population for this study consisted all pregnant teenager’s attending antenatal care in Akoko districts Health Centre (HC) and General Hospital (GH). Purposive sampling technique was used to select 20% (720) from 3,600 registered pregnant teenagers for antenatal. Simple random sampling of fish bowl with replacement was used to select fifteen (15) respondents at each HC and seventy two at GH respectively. A Contributing Variable to Teenage Pregnancy Questionnaire (CVTPQ) was developed by researcher and used for data collection. The instrument was validated by experts and a reliability coefficient of 0.83 was established with Cronbach’s alpha. Data collected were analyzed using simple percentage for demographic data while linear regression was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Findings revealed that inadequate knowledge about sexuality education, peer pressure, lack of parental guidance and media/internet were contributing variables to teenage pregnancy among female adolescents. Recommendations were made among is that government should make health care professionals working with adolescent’s to develop a wide range of practical and interpersonal initiatives on teenage pregnancy.