Pregnancy and Miscarriage Are Not the Main Reasons For Leaving School in Africa

Melhado, L.
September 2008
International Family Planning Perspectives;Sep2008, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p147
Academic Journal
The article reports that early pregnancy and marriage accounts for only 20% of teenage female school dropouts in Sub-Saharan Africa. Early pregnancy is typically cited as the primary cause for female adolescents to leave school prematurely in public policy and media. The author believes that this is because the circumstances which predispose young women to have premarital sex or marry early, such as poor school performance or poverty, are also likely to lead to them dropping out as well. The five countries in which data was collected are mentioned, including Cameroon, Guinea, and Togo.


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