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Problem Statement

The shortage of qualified personnel and population explosion has inevitably led to a higher demand for counsellors who are not there.

If counsellors are in short supply by qualification, it means our students will merely go to school and leave unattended; and where there are counsellors, a great majority may also not be qualified for the role.

The following problems responsible or associated with this shortage are:

  1. The poor condition of service in the teaching profession
  2. Low social status attached to the profession
  3. Availability of attractive jobs in the job market
  4. Drop in the number of people going into the counselling profession programme, etc.

The consequences:

  • Larger numbers of matriculates’ leave school (high school and tertiary institution) without a clear sense of direction as to their future studies or employment opportunities.
  • Lack of career advice puts a great limitation on the youths, stating that students in less-resourced communities are rarely provided with trained guidance counsellors and do not have the means to seek counselling.
  • Students have low levels of career aspirations and average levels of self-confidence, because they are unaware of their strengths and talents, or are ignorant of the career paths they may excel in.
  • Not only does a lack of career guidance result in higher levels of school dropouts, failure rates, and a lack of interest, it often leaves the youth choosing career paths that they believe will make them more money or will need the least amount of effort to pursue.
  • Young people will embark on fulfilling their parents’ dreams because they are familiar with the particular direction and do not know what other options are available.

In summary, the effect of the shortage of qualified counsellors in guidance and counselling will continue to result in the lack of qualified personnel in the teaching profession; making school administrators use non-professionals as counsellors which is not the standard.

Please see panel extract: The state of career counselling in Nigeria.

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