Inclusion of Guidance and Counselling in Curricular Subjects Taught in Secondary Schools in Sierra Leone
The impetus for undertaking this article is to suggest the inclusion of guidance and counseling in curricular subjects taught in Secondary Schools in Sierra Leone.
The New Education Policy (1995) which introduced the 6-3-3-4 system of Education, states that every Secondary School should establish a guidance and counseling unit, managed by a professional guidance counselor, who will offer educational, vocational and psycho-social counseling to pupils. The aim according to the policy, is to ensure that the education provided in the schools enhances the holistic development of pupils.
Today in Sierra Leone, the conspicuous downtrend in the learning achievements of Secondary School pupils, the psycho-social problems of the pupils and uniformed decisions in career selection of the pupils, appeared to suggest that guidance and counseling units in Secondary Schools are having very little effects on the holistic development of pupils. The need to have alternative roots to achieving holistic development of Secondary School pupils is evident. Therefore, this article is one such roots. Works of scholars such as those of Milner (1980); Care Giver (1990); Buck (2003); Dahir and Store (2003); Humbery and others (1960) and Mansaray (2008) and significant others were abstracted to put the article into context.