Skakeling van skoolvoorligters met die openbare en private sektor
Smit, Cornelius Abraham
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Information from symposiums regarding guidance, as well as information from interviews with school guidance personnel, students and other persona concerned, revealed gaps concerning the present school guidance systems. In this connection the public and private sector can play an important role by revealing the necessary information about the career world to the guidance personnel. The aim of this investigation serves a double purpose. In the first instance to investigate the liaison between the school guidance personnel of the Transvaal Education Department's secondary schools and the public and private sector from the point of view of the literature. Secondly an empirical determination of the nature of the connection between career guidance personnel of the Afrikaans medium secondary schools in Transvaal and the public and private sector, as well as to determine what the attitude of school guidance personnel are towards liaison with the public and private sector. For the purpose of this study, public sector can be defined as the sector where government has partial or total control, whereas in the private sector the government has no direct control. Personal visits to guidance personnel at secondary schools in Transvaal and the questionnaire method were both considered to obtain the necessary information for this study. After thorough consideration, the decision fell upon the questionnaire method. Questionnaires were therefore sent to all Afrikaans medium secondary schools in Transvaal. RECOMMENDATIONS: The following are recommended, bearing the findings of the study in mind: 1. RENEWED INTRODUCTION OF THE COMMITTEE FOR COORDINATION OF CAREER INFORMATION AND CAREER GUIDANCE. The following recommendations about the function of the above mentioned committee can be made: 1.1 the private sector must be accommodated in this committee, 1.2 this committee must be actively involved in a promotion campaign. 2. RESTRUCTURING OF THE EDUCATION POLICY BY THE TRANSVAAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. This study revealed that a number of school guidance personnel did not liaise with the public and private sector due to the Transvaal Education Department's policy. The following are recommended: 2.1 the Education Department's policy about outsiders must be clearly formulated and published to all persons involved, 2.2 free admission by representatives of the public and private sector to schools, 2.3 visiting of career displays and information days by pupils during school hours, 2.4 partnership between the Transvaal Education Department and the public and private sector to be emphasized to the pupils and to improve contact between the Education Department and the public and private sector. 3. INVOLVEMENT OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR. Liaison is the result of the initiative from the schools while they experience shortages of funds, time limits, transport problems and long distances. It is therefore recommended that the public and private sector will visit schools on their own initiative. FINAL REMARKS: There is a definite need for liaison between school guidance personnel and the public and private sector. This study emphasizes the results of the HRC's Study Committee: Guidance (1981) and as such the findings of this study are closely related with the findings and recommendations of the HRC's Study Committee. The quality of school guidance will be improved by liaison and this will improve the pupils' ability to make responsible career choices. It is therefore of the utmost importance for all partners in the school guidance programme to work closely together and to liaise more effectively.
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