Challenges and Coping Strategies of Career Mothers Teaching in Selected Senior High Schools in The New Juaben Municipality of Ghana (Published)
Over the years, women’s position has changed remarkably from just a home keeper and baby maker and they are seen in various sector actively engaged in work outside the home. Despite these great strides, women seem to face many challenges, including discrimination and gender stereotypes. This study explored the challenges and coping strategies of career mothers teaching in selected senior high school in the New Juaben Municipality. The study adopted the qualitative research approach and used a case study design to explore the experiences of these career mothers. The study population consisted of career mothers teaching in senior high schools in the New Juaben Municipality. Purposive sampling technique was adopted to select twenty participants for the study. A semi-structured interview schedule was used to collect data from the participants. The data was analysed using thematic approach. The study revealed that career mothers teaching in senior high schools face challenges associated with role conflict between their work role and family responsibilities. They indicated that they managed the conflict through careful structuring and planning of their activities, prioritizing their responsibilities. It was also revealed that career mothers needed support from spouses, families, and colleagues in order to cope with their multiple roles. It is recommended that Ministry of Education through Ghana Education Service develop policies that enable career mothers to achieve work-life balance. Such policies may include career breaks, job sharing, flexible working arrangements and childcare policies.