Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Advanced Research in Social Sciences
Educational Challenges of Teenage Student-Mothers in Don Honorio Ventura State University
Rey Ann C. Ramirez, Ma. Maureen R. Maglalang, Shanella Marie S. Panelo. Honey Lyn Y. Magat, Rowena T. Cabuso, Ella Mae M. Macapinlac, Diana Joy A. YumuL6, Regine Grace G. Gutierrez
Brown and Amankwaa (2007) explained that the beginning of engaging in sexual relationships increases the probability of pregnancy among female college students. As this happens, only women take all the consequences and challenges of contraception and even child care. In most cases, teenage mothers were not capable of returning to school after giving birth to a child (Macleod and Durrheim, 2003). But as of the moment, other universities and colleges were doing ―return to school arrangements‖ where pregnant students were in the meantime prohibited to attend school until the child was born (Okeyo, 2011). The researchers aim to explore and describe the educational challenges experienced by teenage student-mothers in Don Honorio Ventura State University and to design recommendations which can help these students to cope with these challenges. The participants of the study were 5 DHVSU teenage student-mothers who were selected through purposive-convenience sampling. They participated in in-depth interviews lasting from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Transcendental Phenomenological research design was used to analyze the data. Results showed that pregnant students in DHVSU faces social discrimination upon the discovery of pregnancy, insufficient study time, absenteeism, dropping out and lack of support from the teachers and school administrators.
keywords: Teenage Student-Mothers, Educational Challenges, Absenteeism, Dropping Out, Teacher and School Administration Support.