Mrs. Luusa- Head of Department
In 1999, the Ministry of Education issued a policy to have Department of Guidance and Counseling in all schools.
The GNC is a key department in every school, in our school the department has been in existence since 1990s.
Giving advice or suggestions or directions or instructions to people who have problems whether spiritual or psychological. It involves personal assistance. It is the body of psychotherapy( a building up process). It is knowledge based (factual). Guidance as an educational construct involves those experiences that assist each learner to understand him/herself, accept him/herself and live effectively in his/her society.
professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social or psychological problem. It is the heart of psychotherapy(healing process ) .Its more of personal, less structured and confidential.
In a school set up counseling seeks to address and resolve problems, helps students in decision making while assisting one to cope with crisis.
It is also concerned with helping individuals to work through feelings and inner conflicts so as to improve relationship with others. It enables or help an individual to live more competed and with contentment.
Guidance and counseling is not tangible exercise as its results cannot be realized immediately.
In reality it is difficult to quantify or measure the immediate results of counseling.
Specific behavior change is a result of a process of both short and long term
Under the guidance and counseling HOD, we have an assistance HOD who is also the school chaplain.
This is very useful, because students with spiritual problems can be referred to her.
Under the assistant GNC HOD there is a team of teachers who assist in this department.
These teacher counselors are involved in group/class or individual counseling.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The guidance and counseling department is a heavy loaded department and often the HOD has sudden needs which demands immediate actions. There is the executive committee to assist.
The executive committee consists of the H.O.D and teacher counselors who are appointed according to the following;
b) Knowledgeable-Under gone basic training
c) Interest and passion
e) Caring heart
f) Role model
THE PURPOSE OF THE GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING COMMITTEE;
Plan guidance and counseling timetable and programmes.
It offers the students a choice of available teachers to approach for any
To share out guidance and counseling assignments for easy and effective
In the absence of the HOD, the activities of the department will not be
to provide room for delegation of duties where there is a pool to choose from.
Oversee the success of family units where each teacher in the school including the principal and the two deputies has students to mentor and to guide.
STRUCTURE OF GNC DEPARTMENT
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING PROGRAMS
One day in a week (Thursday) is set aside for guidance and counseling programmes. This is done after normal learning sessions. There is also several school assemblies for only guidance and counseling
Professional resource persons are often invited to speak to the students .Students are informed earlier the topic under discussion to motivate them.
In general the programme include
a. mass school programme : deals with general issues . it involves either the
whole school, at class level/form or a particular age group.
b. group counseling : done at house meetings, class assemblies, academic
assemlies and family units.
c .individual counseling : mainly one on one counseling.
d. peer counseling : school counselor trains and uses a few chosen students to mentor other students
It involves handling individuals who could be of the same age but share the same needs. In the institution, peer counseling is carried on class basis, club basis or house etc.
The peer educators are under the GNC HOD, she is the patron of the club.
The peer educators need basic counseling skills if they are to be of great help.
They are involved in choosing various topics to be addressed by speakers among others.
PEER COUNSELING TRAINING PROGRAM
We have embarked on a serious training for peer educators for quality and efficiency. This involves
Identify with good qualities of a peer counselor.
Apply counseling skills I practice (role modeling).
Learn the counseling process.
Learn ethical issues
Plan and goal setting.
IMPORTANCE OF HAVING GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING IN SCHOOLS
Guidance and counseling is very important because of the general moral degradation.
Infiltration of foreign cultures to our societies that have brought moral decay.
Political instability epidemic and death leading to increased numbers of orphans and refugees.
A rapid state of urbanization against a very high rate of unemployment rate.
ICT access to dirty sites on the internet and interaction on social media.
The students affected by HIV& AIDS in one way or another need a great deal of psychological and special care.