The Effect of Pregnancy on Student Perfomance

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INTRODUCTION

Student pregnancies at tertiary institutions worldwide are increasing every year despite the assumption that students have sufficient knowledge of the risk of unprotected sex, students are given many options by healthcare professions in the use of contraceptives, it is of concern that most pregnancies in campuses are unplanned and they have bad effect in their academic performance due of the things they may face along the way.

The emotional impact of the crisis pregnancy which may, in some instance, and in the termination of the pregnancy, could also result if the student experiencing post-abortion stress symptoms, these might have a detrimental effect on the students bio-psychosocial well being, relationship, and ultimately also her academic performance. Pregnancy is one of the pivotal moments of a woman's life but not when you are young with a bright future abroad. For students is of the most difficult experiences any young woman can go through. The stress of pregnancy, revelation of pregnancy to parents, moving on campus and moving on shame and worry can be nerve racking, indeed pregnancy will never be easy while tying to perform at best they can either decide to drop out from the university.

The US Department of Education (McMillan Kauten, K Whitener, 1996) defined a university drop out as a person who leaves university before is/her program of study is complete, before graduation, without transfer of another institutions. Dropping out of varsity has significant impact on the life of individual, however the cost go beyond individual consequences because she will be uneducated or even most likely to be unemployed or underemployed through much of their lives , especially if their minority youngsters.

The physical effect of termination of pregnancy have an very extreme in their bad performance, William- Wheeler,(2005:90-91) states that abortion be it of any kind is a difficult feeling for any individual both at a physical...
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