[www.inewsguyana.com] – The APNU+AFC government cannot afford to place a counselor at each and every school across the country, according to Head of State, David Granger.
The topic recently came up for discussion when Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine made intention clear that he plans to establish a central counselling body and to have trained counselors in each school across the country.
The President, during his appearance on ‘The Public Interest’ explained that “the number of actual schools is large and we can’t afford to put counselors and it means that some teachers might be trained in counseling as well.”
According to President Granger, “There is no point having a counselor that sits in a room all day waiting on a problem to arise. It means that a teacher can have that responsibility.”
He clarified that these are areas that are being explored, alluding to the fact that some students come from “disturbed backgrounds.
“It is desirable to have teachers who are trained in counseling because there are some students who come from very disturbed backgrounds and it’s very difficult to control them; at the same time we’re trying to move away from corporal punishment so there must be some means of ensuring that the problems with which some students enter the classroom…are dealt with in a sympathetic manner by the teachers,” the President said.
Recently, Minister Roopnaraine related that the rampant violence in society is finding its way into the school system, pointing out that there is an urgent need for counselors within these schools to help create an environment of learning.
He stated that only through regular and professional counselling can the issue of violence in schools be adequately tackled.