An evaluation of the performance of guidance and counselling programme in handling pupil indiscpline cases: A case of selected schools, Chadiza district
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This study was an evaluation of the performance of guidance and counselling programme in handling pupil indiscipline cases in Secondary Schools of Chadiza District of Eastern Zambia. Four objectives guided this research, which were to: Determine how established the guidance and counselling units in the selected Secondary Schools are; assess how the guidance and counselling units are structured in the schools; identify how the guidance and counselling units handle pupil indiscipline cases and explore the strategies that guidance and counselling teachers could employ in order to effectively handle indiscipline cases. The research has argued that guidance and counselling units in Secondary Schools in their current structure may not be the right answer to deliver the right performance in handling pupil indiscipline cases. The research has proposed alternative strategies in order for teachers to effectively employ in handling pupil indiscipline cases. Key issues identified by this research include; Guidance and counselling units were available in Schools but not properly structured; through a well structured guidance and counselling unit, some of indiscipline cases in secondary schools could be addressed 1 have used qualitative research methodology in this study. The respondents in this research were drawn from two Secondary Schools, of which one was a Boarding and the one was a Day so that a balanced outcome could be generated from the two forms of Schools. The study also argued that there is need for guidance and counselling teachers to employ the right strategics in order to effectively handle indiscipline cases. The research has equally revealed that there are no trained guidance and counselling teachers in guidance and counselling; meaning that those who teach guidance and counselling teach other subjects they are specialized in. The study has revealed that such teachers are overloaded with work. Although a lot has been done on guidance and counselling, studies revealed that indiscipline cases in Schools have continued. Findings also revealed that administrators were not giving guidance teachers enough room in handling indiscipline cases in schools as they felt that such cases are basically in the office of the deputy headteacher. Studies equally revealed that in rural schools there was an in balance in terms of gender in guidance section as there are more males than females.
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