The Ogun State Government has reintroduced Guidance and Counselling instructors in public secondary schools across the state with the aim of combating the menace of cultism and other social vices.
The Chairman of the State Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Olabosipo Ogunsan, disclosed this on Thursday at a meeting with the National Association of Guidance and Counselling in Abeokuta.
She said the move was necessary in order to inculcate moral values in the students by teaching them to live a meaningful life.
Olabosipo said the reintroduction of guidance and counselling in schools would not only curb the menace of indiscipline, cultism and other social vices, but also support the day-to-day administration of education in public schools.
She explained that the commission had adopted appropriate method to synergise with the National School Crime Prevention Corp (NSCPC) to achieve the set objectives.
“The work of guidance and counselling is to orientate our students in subject combination in the junior and senior secondary levels to help identify their potential and develop them.
“Therefore, this association needs to be more committed and ready to work on the orientation of these students,’’ she said.
Principal of Gateway Secondary School, Abeokuta, Dr Womiloju Ayodele and Dr Ewumi Abosede, the Dean of Students Affairs, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) supported the initiative.
They both suggested a total reorientation of students through functional counsellors and counselling units in all public secondary schools, to address the challenges of peer pressure influence.
Other recommendations included a review of educational policies, by incorporating guidance and counselling as core subject in the school curriculum.
They also suggested institutionalising functional school associations like the Red Cross, Literary and Debating societies, among others.
According to the experts, there is the need to monitor students through the use of the social media by school administrators and parents in order to curb the prevailing moral decadence witnessed in recent times.