Research Article of American Journal of Design
Assessing the Practices and Challenges of Guidance and Counselling Services in Secondary Schools of Gondar City Administration
Desalegn Ejigu Tefera
Bahir Dar University and Lecturer at the University of Gondar (UOG)
The main purpose of the study is to assess the practices and challenges of guidance and counselling services of secondary schools in Gondar town. The study used mixed research approaches based on which a descriptive design was followed. Both primary and secondary sources of data were used. The primary sources of data to the study were the research participants (students, principals, counsellors and a supervisor). The secondary sources of data were collected from different literatures related to the problem. In this study, only government secondary schools were included using purposive sampling technique based on the researcher’s own determination. The study focused on full cycle secondary schools that provided education from grade 9 – 12 and they were selected using purposive sampling technique. There were six government full cycle secondary schools of which the study took 3 (50%) using purposive sampling technique with the number of students they served as the major criteria of selection. The total population of the study encompassed grade 9 – 12 students, counsellors, principals and supervisor. For this study 369 samples were selected of which 362 were students; 3 were principals; 3 were counsellors and 1 was a supervisor. Data were gathered using questionnaires and focus group discussion from students and interviews from principals, counsellors and a supervisor. The collected quantitative data were first edited, organized in tables and analyzed using frequency count (numbers), percentage, mean score and standard deviation. The qualitative data were thematically analysed in accordance with the quantitative results of the study. Based on analysis of the results, it is concluded that guidance and counselling services were not promising and adequately provided in the schools although counsellors were assigned. Counsellors’ roles were insufficient to serve the students as a result of which students’ perception towards the services was negatively expressed. Generally, guidance and counselling services in the schools were problem plagued which traced to factors like shortage of sufficient resources and budget constraints as well as lack of consideration. Taking this into account, there is a need to make a difference in the field with the collective efforts of specially counsellors and schools’ administrators.
Keywords: Practices of Guidance and Counseling Services, Counselors’ Roles, Students’ Perception, Challenges
How to cite this article:
Desalegn Ejigu Tefera.Assessing the Practices and Challenges of Guidance and Counselling Services in Secondary Schools of Gondar City Administration. American Journal of Design, 2019; 1:1.
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