Non-professionals heading Guidance and Counselling units

Non-professionals heading Guidance and Counselling units

According to experts, out of the huge number of counselors who are working at the Guidance and Counseling Units in various schools in Ghana, only a handful are professionally trained for the job.

This they believed has led to wrong advices to parents and pupils hence leading to the wrong career choices.

Speaking to Joy News, the Central regional Guidance and Counselling coordinator, Bridgette Nzima-Mensah said the main cause of the poor counseling was because of the caliber of staff that was employed at the unit.

According to the coordinator these persons are “not-professionals" who can give advice on the issue of career and teenage pregnancy.

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They are classroom teachers who have been appointed as guidance coordinators.”

 “There is software for operational inventory profiles, and career inventory profile, but our schools do not have these things,” Bridgette said.

Experts are bemoaning the fallen standards in Education and the rise of teenage pregnancy cases amongst BECE (Basic Certificate Education Examination) candidates across the length and breadth of the country. They say if nothing is done immediately Ghana will lose its talents to the wrong career.

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