Sex Education and Teenage Pregnancy in the Niger Delta: Implications for Secondary School Biology Curriculum in Nigeria

Marie Onovroghene Salami


Previous studies show that when Nigerian adolescent girls, especially those in the Niger Delta, become pregnant theydrop out of school and may never go back again but become low level labourers or miscreants to the society. Thisstudy investigated the extent of teenagers involvement in sex, pre-disposition of females to pregnancy in the NigerDelta of Nigeria, the level of readiness of parents to help their teenage daughters if they become pregnant, the levelof sex education in secondary schools, the content and context of sex education in the Biology curriculum and how itis reflected in the National policy on education and also examined the need to review the policy vis-à-vis sexeducation. The study adopted a survey design using Likert-response questionnaires to elicit responses from students,parents, secondary school teenagers and Biology teachers. The results of the analysis using frequency counts,percentages, and analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed that teenage pregnancy is on the increase in the NigerDelta, sex education is not given a place of priority in the Education National Policy, teachers shy away fromteaching it in schools, parents do not support sex education in schools but there is an urgent need to incorporate itinto the Biology curriculum.

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World Journal of Education
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