A STUDY ASSESSING THE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES OF MARRIED FEMALE STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY SETTINGS: A CASE AT THE MUSLIM UNIVERSITY OF MOROGORO
There exists a significant discourse about the extent to which married women are encouraged to pursue higher education. However, it is noteworthy to observe that a significant number of married female students encounter numerous hurdles throughout their academic pursuits. This study aims to assess the perspectives of married female students enrolled at the Muslim University of Morogoro on their academic pursuits. It seeks to address three specific research inquiries, how do married female students perceive their educational experiences at the university? What are the challenges that they encounter? What are the potential consequences or ramifications of these challenges? The data collection process involved the utilization of a self-structured closed-ended questionnaire to gather information about students' comprehension of the actuality of marriage and its impact on their academic pursuits. The findings indicated that the pursuit of education among married women can be characterized by significant difficulties and obstacles, yet a portion of these women demonstrate resilience and can accomplish their academic goals. One of the primary difficulties encountered by married undergraduate students pertains to the effective management of various roles. This predicament can be attributed to the numerous responsibilities that these individuals bear. The findings also indicated that the convergence of professional, familial, and academic obligations contributes to stress among married undergraduate students, with this stress having the most significant influence on them. Consequently, the study suggests that the provision of counseling services is necessary to assist female students in mitigating challenges and effectively managing their circumstances. Additionally, it is recommended that the institution develop a comprehensive intervention strategy and provide appropriate accommodations for married female students to mitigate the obstacles they encounter.