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Title: Challenges Facing Nursing Mothers in Distance Learning in the Upper West Region of Ghana: A Recipe for Policy Formulation.

Article Number: EC2/2015/186

Authors: Amina Jangu Alhassan

Topic: Education



It is obvious that women will love to have children for their husbands in the Ghanaian society. However, with the increasing responsibilities of women in society it has become a challenge for women to have children while fulfilling their new responsibilities in society. Before now the core role of women in society was to produce children, cook for their husbands, and respond to their sexual advances when needed. On the other hand, men work to bring resources home. The situation has changed in contemporary times whereby women have to work to support their husbands to keep the home financially. The purpose of the study is to identify and evaluate the educational challenges facing nursing mothers on distance education programs in the Upper West Region of Ghana. It is also to identify strategies and interventions in dealing with nursing mothers to create a healthy learning environment for academic success. The study adopted a case study design, and purposive sampling was used to select all available nursing mothers taking part in College of Distance Education University of Cape Coast distance education program. A questionnaire was used to gather information from thirty-one (31) nursing mothers. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and analysis. The results show that nursing mothers face numerous challenges while seeking for further education. The major ones been the lack of accommodation for their babies and babysitters, and competing equally with other students in terms of time during the examination. The nursing mothers suggested separate room for them during examinations as well as extra time for the inconveniences the babies create during examinations.


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  • Dr. AJIT V PANDYA (Viewer) 17th Nov 2015 - 8:35 PM
    Good morning from Dr. Ajit V Pandya form Ahmedabad ..India
    My questions / suggestion (s) are as follows…my email id is
    Watsapp no. 91 8905599852

    1. disnurtance education for nursing mother is the best way, is there any alternate for this...?
    • Amina Jangu Alhassan (Author) 22nd Nov 2015 - 3:31 AM
      Hello Dr. Ajit V Pandya
      It is very true that distance education is one of the best options for nursing mothers. However, it comes with its challenges that can in a way prevent nursing mothers from participating fully in distance education programs. The current research did not seek information on whether nursing mothers have dropped out from studies because they could not cope with the pressure, and I think it is another area that future researchers can take up to investigate. Dr. Ajit in most aspects of life there are always choices or alternatives. For example, the nursing mother could defer her course until baby can survive without mother's support for long hours. I hope I have attempted to answer your question. Thank you.

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  • NELLY ABAIDOO (Viewer) 18th Nov 2015 - 7:24 PM
    Nelly Abaidoo (Viewer)
    Very nice article and educative.
    1. May i please know the conceptual framework of this study.
    2. There should have been a literature talking about earlier studies and based on that your study would have filled a gab in which the earlier studies could not touch on.
    3.. Don't you think that interview would have been the best option for your study? I think the answer is yes, because due to the busy schedule of the nursing mothers , they will not have enough time and maximum concentration to respond to your questionnaires. But interviewing them during their face to face (brake time) will present a nice opportunity for you to get the exact information needed for your study from them.
    4. You should have used the APA format in your summary of responses.
    5. In the reference section, the name of the book should have been in italics.
    6. Name of journals should be in italics but the topic should be normal
    • Amina Jangu Alhassan (Author) 22nd Nov 2015 - 3:33 AM
      Hi Nelly
      I appreciate your constructive comments. The theoretical framework guiding the research is the functionalists theory. A theory that sees society as a system that is made up of organs and units that perform to maintain equilibrium in society (Fletcher, 2011). There is very little literature on the aspect of the topic. You can consider the current research as one in a hundredth. All the other suggestions are well noted. Thank you for helping to shape my research experience.

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  • Valentina Arkorful (Viewer) 19th Nov 2015 - 10:59 AM
    1. A good topic for research
    2.The functionalist theory is inline with your study.
    3. A mixed method would have given you an indepth into the study
    4.Well done
    • Amina Jangu Alhassan (Author) 22nd Nov 2015 - 3:34 AM
      Hello Valentina Arkorful,
      It is nice to hear from you. I agree with you that a mixed method approach would have done justice to the topic. I must admit that there was an element of time constraint which prevented the implementation of different data gathering instruments and techniques. All the same suggestion well noted. Thank you for reviewing the article.

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  • FREDA OCANSEY (Viewer) 21st Nov 2015 - 6:09 PM
    1. A good research topic. It will be interesting to read the full research report. I urge you to read over your work to correct minor mistake. Your work is well presented; one can feel your enthusiasm and your interest in the work. I also like the simplicity of your topic and your simple approach to your presentation. You come across as someone who will be passionate with women affairs! Keep up the good work. Let us continue to create the convenient and encouraging atmosphere to encourage women to achieve higher laurels. Once again, well done.
    • Amina Jangu Alhassan (Author) 22nd Nov 2015 - 3:37 AM
      Hi Freda Kabuki Ocansey,
      It is true that women affairs are dear to my heart especially women in Africa. Women work so hard to uphold society in all spheres of life, and yet very little appreciate is shown for it by the male dominated society. I am not a fanatic feminist, but that is the reality on the ground. Very little things that can push women higher on the education ladder to benefit society are pushed under the carpet. I have gathered some fact from the research that I intend to implement at my work place to make things much better for nursing mothers in the Upper West Region of Ghana.

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  • Mamah Stanley Chinedu (Viewer) 24th Nov 2015 - 4:34 AM
    Good topic. I think it is not only in Ghana that such problem exists rather it cuts across most African countries where women are seen not to have equal educational opportunities with their male folk. I agree with you that there is need for policy formulation in that direction.
    • Amina Jangu Alhassan (Author) 24th Nov 2015 - 4:50 AM
      Thank you Chinedu, for taking time to review the article. Each time i see the nursing mothers in the distance education program i coordinate i feel there must be something we can do to ease their struggles. today i have found some answers to some of the challenges and i hope when implemented it produces the desired results. The solutions can be found in the conclusion part of the article.