Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2019)
Challenges guidance and counselling sections face in secondary schools in Lusaka Province in Zambia
Author(s): Maurice Moono, Godfrey Sichamba, Maiba Rosta
Abstract: The study aimed at establishing challenges guidance and counselling sections face in secondary schools in Lusaka Province in Zambia. A descriptive survey design was used in conducting this research. The study used both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. The sample consisted 71 boys, 73 girls, drawn from six secondary schools. In selecting the participants from this study, random sampling technique was used. The study employed a number of research instruments which included structured questionnaires and focus group discussion to ensure validity of findings. The quantitative data was analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences computer software while the qualitative data was analysed by coding and grouping the emerging themes. Based on the findings, the study recommended that the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Childhood should employ full time trained school counsellors. It emerged from the study that school counsellors were not available when pupils had questions or problems. The study further revealed that counselling centres in secondary schools lacked materials for pupils to use. The study also revealed that school counselling centres did not keep confidentiality. Based on the findings, the study recommended that the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Childhood should formulate a policy that should govern guidance and counselling sections to in secondary schools.