Management of learner counselling at a high school
Themba, Martha Maria
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The purpose of the study was to determine the management of learner counselling at LHS. The little information on career counselling in post-apartheid South Africa as most information dates back to the Bophuthatswana era. Data was gathered through questionnaires and interviews. These were used to determine management of student counselling in the areas of: number of learners in class, availability of career counselling, and the importance of career counselling, parental involvement and departmental and community involvement in the education of learners. The response from the sample under study indicated that there is no active participation in the management of career counselling by all the stakeholders. Departmental involvement. is urgent, as more learners leave school, not ready and unarmed with relevant and important information. It is recommended that career counselling be a compulsory subject. The introduction of career counselling mechanisms will guide the school counsellor in identifying the needs of the learners, thus eliminating problems that may be encountered. This can be attained by the creation of more posts for school counsellors by the Department of Education. The counsellor at times lacks the necessary information, training and support from the education department to guide learners. A lack of career canters further exacerbates poor counselling in schools.