AN ASSESSMENT OF COUNSELLORS’ PERCEPTION ON COUNSELLING SERVICES PROVIDED IN PUBLIC SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN OYO STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Counsellor, Perception, Counselling Services, Qualitative Approach
This study examined the assessment of counsellors’ perception on counselling services provided in public senior secondary schools in Oyo State, Nigeria and its implications for stakeholders. Three research questions were raised to guide the study. The research design adopted for the study was qualitative approach. Population consists of all counselors in public secondary school in Oyo State. Purposive and convenient sampling techniques were employed to select five counsellors. An interview protocol titled “Interview Protocol on Counselling Services (IPCS)” was used to collect pertinent data. Thematic approach was employed for analysing the data collected. Result revealed that various conselling services such as placement, appraisal, evaluation, information, orientation and referral were provided for students. It was found that services provided for students are not adequate. Also, findings point out to insufficient conselling personnel and inadequate couselling facilities as major hindrance to counseling services in school. In view of the findings, it was recommended that adequate facilities and funding should be provided for counsellors for them to be more effective in the areas of counseling. This will help students to solve their educational, vocational and social-personal challenges.