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Education Minister: Guidance counsellors' roles to be assessed

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 1:53 AM
Ronald Thwaites - File

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says it has become necessary to assess the performance of guidance counsellors to clarify their roles in public schools.



School counsellors are generally trained to provide career guidance, academic, and personal counselling.



However, in an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre, the education minister said the function of guidance counsellors has often not been clear with some being forced to play multiple roles in schools.



He says given the critical roles they play in facilitating the development of students, guidance counsellors have to do more than just guide the career decisions of students.



Thwaites says it is important for guidance counsellors to be distinct from the deans of discipline and social workers in schools.



He says discussions to refine the functions of counsellors are underway with the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors.



The education minister says by later this year, the role of guidance counsellors should become clearer.



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