Lack of well-coordinated and consistent Counselling practice in basic and secondary education, has been described as a major contributor to the increase in Out-of-School children in the country.
Recently, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) reported that the number of Out-of-School Children increased from 10.5milion to 13.2million from 2010 to 2015.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu made this disclosure at the unveiling, of the National Policy on Counselling and its Implementation Guidelines on Thursday in Abuja.
The Minister noted that the absence of policy had resulted in the lack of a well-defined structure for delivering counselling services, poor communication among practitioners and stakeholders and absence of synergy among professionals, giving room for inefficiency and ineffectiveness in delivering counselling services.
He announced that, the lack of well-coordinated and consistent counseling practice in basic and secondary education was a major contribution to the increase in Out-of-School children, reduction in completion rate, increase rate of anti-social behaviour in schools and other vice militating against development of school children.
Adamu, lamented on how counselling service had been carried out in various educational institutions in Nigeria without having a National Policy Guiding Counselling Services.
On the Implementation Guidelines which accompanied the policy, the minister said, the guideline was design to facilitate and guide its implementation and ensure its feasibility and effectiveness as policy.
“In order to enhance Counselling delivery, the implementation Guidelines focuses on and highlights appropriate strategies and provides actionable options for executing the policy at all levels of the education system,” he said.
The National Policy on Counselling provides a distinct and defined guideline for counseling operations in the school and non-school setting in Nigeria, using a common and guide in the practice of counseling across the country.