Cultural practices and beliefs Concerning cultural practices and beliefs, 42 (53%) pupils indicated that they were not free toractices(53%) seek guidance and counselling services from the school counsellor with opposite gender while 38 (47%) pupils indicated that they were free to seek guidance and counselling services. One girl%)free said; “The school counsellor finds it difficult to handle issues concerning sex. He always refers us to the matron who is not even trained in counselling. He would always say you are like my daughters or sons, I cannot discuss such issues with you”. Another girl from the same school said: Our school counsellor is too traditional. He would not be comfortable discussing sensitive issues with us more especially with the opposite sex.
A boy from a different school: School counsellor does provide guidance and counselling services, though not adequately. She will always say it is against our culture and tradition. 4.1.2 Views of school counsellors on factors affecting the provision of guidance and counselling services in inclusive secondary schools. Monitoring of guidance and counselling As regards to how often guidance and counselling is monitored by the district or provincialistrict personnel was undertaken, 5 said it was done yearly while 3 indicated that monitori was notmonitoring done at all. These findings are shown in figure 2. Figure 2: Monitoring of guidance and counselling by district and provincial personnel Asked further to explain how lack of monitoring affects their provision of guidance and counselling, 6 said it really affected their delivery while 2 said their work was not affected in any way. One counsellor commented that, Non monitoring of guidance and counselling affects the provision of GC in that we may not know whether we are doing the rightful thin or not. The other thing is, it lowers our morale.thingss
Another counsellor from a different school said, We might miss out latest theories of guidance and counselling if monitors do no visit us. The other point is that you get the confidence when you are told of the direction. Asked whether they had all the necessary materials needed for the provision of guidance and counselling services, all the eight (8) school counsellors said they did not have all the necessary material such as counselling book, pamphlets etc. Concerning the relationship between the administration and school counsellor, half of them (4) said that the relationship was very good while the other half (4) indicated that the relationship was not good. On the number of other teaching subjects periods per week, findings show that one (1) of the counsellors said had between 7 and 18 periods of teaching per week while the other seven (7) counsellors said they had between 19 and 30 periods of teaching per week. One counsellor commented, Apart from the classroom workload, one is required to attend to so many programmes such as examination issues, scripture union, (FAWEZA-Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia) and many more. These programmes make it difficult for us to find enough time for
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- Fall '19
- Secondary education, Secondary school, School counselor, Guidance and Counselling Services