Effects Of Training Programme on Secondary Schools Teachers' Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Reproductive Health Education in Rural Schools Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Caleb A Adegbenro, J.D Adeniyi, O. oladepo

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This study assessed the effect of training programme on teachers' knowledge of and attitude towards reproductive health education /sexuality education [RHE/SE] in five randomly selected rural schools in Ife-North local government area [IFLGA], Southwest, Nigeria .All the 84 teachers in the selected schools in the LGA were recruited for the study. They [84 teachers] were all given training in RHE/SE for one month. Their knowledge and attitude towards RHE/SE were assessed pre-and post-training programme. The results show a significant increase in percentage of those who had good knowledge in general areas of RHE/SE at post-training assessment compared with pre-training assessment[from 14.3% to 53.6%,p=0.0001].Also, pre-post attitudinal disposition assessments show that there was an increase in percentage of those who were favourably disposed to the teaching of RHE/SE in Nigeria Schools at post-training assessment [from 17.9% to 45.2%, p=0.0011].The study suggests that RHE/SE should be included and made compulsory in all training programme for all teachers in Nigeria. (Afr J Reprod Health 2006; 10[3]:98-105)

 

Keywords: Teachers, Training Programme,Knowledge, Attitude, Reproductive Health Education

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