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Schools need more guidance counsellors

Published:Wednesday | March 12, 2008 | 10:17 AM

Children’s Advocate, Mary Clarke is lobbying for more trained guidance counsellors to be placed in schools as a means of curbing behavioral problems in children.

She was speaking against the background of recent incidents of school violence.

According to Mrs Clarke most children who engage in anti social behavior are in need of counselling and information rather than punishment.

She said in most cases school authorities do not pay attention to children with emotional needs until they get into trouble.

Mrs. Clarke said the area of guidance and counselling is lacking in most schools. She wants organisations such as churches to provide support for schools within their communities.

She said many pastors are trained counsellors, who could provide guidance for children with emotional needs.