Teachers’ And Students’ Perceptions On The Need For Guidance Counsellors In Secondary Schools In Enugu South Local Government Area Of Enugu State

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This study investigated the Teacher’s and Students’ perceptions on the Need for Guidance Counsellors in Secondary Schools in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State. The study was designed to find out if teachers and students really understand who the Guidance Counsellor is and the need for them in the schools.


To guide this research, a 20-item questionnaire was formulated for teachers and students. The randomly selected sample of 15 teachers and 45 students was drawn from 6 different schools in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.


The instrument was administered to the respondents and the results were analyzed using simple percentages.


The findings were summarized: it is seen that the teachers clearly perceive the functions of guidance counsellor in secondary school. The students agreed that there is need for guidance counsellors in secondary schools.




TITLE PAGE                                                         i

CERTIFICATION                                                   ii

APPROVAL PAGE                                                 iii

DEDICATION                                                        iv

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT                                          v

ABSTRACT                                                          vi

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                          vii-ix

CHAPTER ONE                                                     1


1.1       Background of the Study                                     1

1.2       Statement of the Problem                                    8

1.3       Purpose of the Study                                            9

1.4       Significance of the Study                                      9

1.5       Scope of the Study’                                               10

1.6       Research Questions                                             11

1.7       Definitions of Terms                                             11



2.1       The Need for Guidance Counsellors 

in Secondary Schools                                           14

2.2       Teachers’ and Students’ Perception of Guidance Counsellors.                                                            21

2.3       Summary of Review                                             28




3.1       Research Design                                                   30

3.2       Area of the Study                                                 30

3.3       Population of the Study                                       31

3.4       Sample and Sampling Techniques.                      32

3.5       Instrument for Data Collection                            32

3.6       Validity of  Instrument                                         33

3.7       Method of Data Analysis                                      33




4.1    Research Question 1                                            34

4.2    Research Question 2                                            38

4.3    Research Question 3                                            42




5.1       Discussion of the Findings                          46

5.2       Conclusion                                                           48

5.3       Summary of the Findings                                     50

5.3.1The Functions of Guidance and Counsellors      

       as Perceived by Teachers and Students.                50

5.3.2The Perception of Teachers and Students on

        the Need  for Guidance  Counsellors in Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State.         51

5.3.3The Extent to which the Teachers and Students

        Consult the Guidance Counsellors for Solutions

        to their Problems.                                                 52

 5.4   Recommendations                                               53

5.5    Implications of the Study                                     54

5.6    Limitation of the Study                                        55

5.7    Suggestions for Further Research                       56

         References                                                            58-60

         Appendices                                                           61-67







From time immemorial, man has always needed some form of guidance in order to properly manage life issues. In the days of old, young people received guidance concerning life issues and this was known as informal or traditional education. In Africa, this traditional type of guidance was administered by families, priests and church leaders.


 According to Anagbogu (1988.1), traditional guidance was a means “to direct, lead, guide, pilot, show, inform, advise, help and instruct”. The people were guided or protected by “Ikoro”, Ekwe” or “Talking Drum” when a message need to be passed or danger was imminent; it was by this medium that they passed information across each village. Modern counselling originated from USA in 1909.


Guidance and Counselling is one of the developments in the field of education in Nigeria. It became popular in Nigeria with the introduction of the 6-3-3-4 educational system in 1982. It is generally accepted that in Nigeria, the organized formal guidance stated in 1959 at St. Theresa’s College, Oke Ado in Ibadan through certain reverend sisters, out of concern for the graduates of their school. They felt that there was need to offer vocational guidance to their outgoing final-year students because it would help them with their life outside school to become productive to themselves and the society.


 As a result of these, the reverend sisters invited twenty educated people from Ibadan community from different professions to speak to the students. Since they were professionals, they knew more about the emerging world of work than the students and the reverend sisters. Fifty-four out of the sixty students benefited from the experts’ advice and were placed in various jobs. The innovation was highly accepted by the society because in later years, this group of people, though not trained counsellors, organized career talks, seminars, guidance workshops and lectures for the class five students. Later on, the vocational guidance services spread to other secondary schools outside Ibadan and across the entire federation.


The Ministry of Education officials became so interested in these organized services that the group of “Career Advisers” was invited to provide career workshops for teachers and career masters. Eventually, the term “Career Advisers” became a national issue. In an attempt to overhaul the old educational system and steer it towards the needs of the nation, the Nigeria Educational Research Council (NERC), now called the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), organized a conference on curriculum development in September, 1969.


This curriculum conference was followed by a government- sponsored National Seminar in 1973, under the chairmanship of Chief S.O. Adebo to deliberate on all aspects of a National Policy on Education using the report of the 1969 curriculum conference as the working document. There was need for the curriculum to emphasis the aspect of students’ adequate preparation for life after school. The conference produced recommendation for a new National Policy on Education which the Federal Government accepted and published in 1977; it has been revised in 1981, 1989 and 2004 respectively.


With the highlighted changes in the nation’s educational system, the need for guidance and counselling services in Nigerian secondary schools become more glaring. Consequently, guidance and counselling services became an integral and essential component of the educational process for all students as they progress through the formal educational system.


In recognition of the need for guidance services in secondary schools, Iwuama (1999) stated, “we are conscious of the climaxed need for guidance services in the life of the child at the secondary stage which fairly corresponds with his pre-adolescent and adolescent stages of development”. The emphasis here is on the 3:3 educational systems, which implies three years in junior secondary school and three years in senior secondary school. The former is meant to be both pre-vocational and academic while the latter is more comprehensive, comprising the core curriculum designed to broaden student’s knowledge. Therefore, the services of guidance counsellor are needed for the achievement of the students’ goals as well as educational objectives. The goals and educational objective of the students are:

1.      To develop a positive self-concept, attitudes, social values and self-awareness within a changing complex society such as Nigeria.

2.      To gain knowledge of available educational facilities and learn how to study effectively to achieve academic aspirations.

In support of this, Unachukwu (1991) maintained that a close look at the aims of junior and secondary education will demonstrate the need for proper guiding of students’ interests, abilities and capabilities for any future choice of career and proper adjustment in life. It is well known that the present change in the educational system created a need for guidance counselling.

Prominent among the services rendered by guidance and counselling personnel in secondary schools are Information, Appraisal, Referral, Guidance, Planning and Follow-up for the proper guidance of studnets. These children need information about the changes of the new system; they need to be educated on the continuous assessment and they need to be exposed to available opportunities and social expectations if our society is not to be plagued by bored disgruntled, frustrated and unrealistic individuals (Durejaiye, 1976).


It has been observed that certain schools in Enugu South Local Government Area, in particular, have only one guidance counsellor rendering services to both  students and staff alike yet students and teachers cannot say that they fully understand the roles and functions of the guidance counsellor and the activities they carryout in schools. Moreover, the importance of the guidance and counselling services in our secondary school becomes more evident because of the innovations in our educational system such as provision of DSTV room in education technology for teaching visual and audio-visual topics, on-line registration and study.


Iwuama (1999) stated that “Many individuals and government have recognized the need for guidance and counselling services in the national education system especially in view of recent socio-economic changes of the age”. Therefore, the broad aims of secondary education as contained in the National Policy on Education (2009) have to be achieved in order to identify the level of government involvement.


The National Policy on Education (2009) states, “Counselling facilities shall be made available to students from the elementary level onwards in order to constructively utilize their energy, to deal with any display of aggression amongst young students and to address any other psychological distress that a student may be in by suggesting a suitable remedy”. Based on this provision, educational guidance should be seen as assistance provided for children to achieve their goals. Against this background therefore, the focus of this research is to find out the perceptions of teachers and students on the need for guidance counsellors in secondary schools in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.



         The misconception about guidance and counselling services in schools has given much concern to the guidance counsellors seeing that there are several problems which the students are encountering but cannot find a solution to. These problems include: students’ unrest, constant changing of courses, delinquency, promiscuity, indiscipline, drug use and abuse, robbery and cultism. All these are as a result of lack of proper guidance while in secondary school.


It is likely that students do not avail themselves of the guidance and counselling services because they do not understand what is entailed and how valuable such service are. There is need to ask:

1.      Do both students and teachers have misconceptions about the role of the guidance counsellors in the schools?

2.      Do both students and teachers have misconceptions about the nature of school guidance and counselling services?

3.      Do school guidance counsellors carry out their functions properly in the schools?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



The study investigates teachers’ and students’ perceptions of the need for guidance counsellors in secondary schools in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

This study will specially focus on the following:

a)      Finding out the perceptions of teachers and students of the need for guidance counsellors in secondary schools.

b)      Finding out the functions of guidance counsellors in secondary schools as perceived by teachers and students.

c)      Finding out how often teachers and students consult the guidance counsellors for solutions to their problems.





Guidance counselling is the bedrock for achieving self-actualization. It is a process of helping individuals to understand themselves by discovering their own needs, interests and capabilities in order to formulate their own goals and make plans for realizing them.  This study will help to highlight how guidance and counselling services are being implemented in secondary schools in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State and the quality of guidance services received by secondary school students.


*    It will help the guidance counsellors to be better accepted and enabled to function well in secondary schools.

*    It will educate the students and teachers on the functions of the guidance counsellor.

*    It will enable the government to know how to assign guidance counsellors to secondary schools.

*    It will also enable the parents to see guidance counsellors as surrogate parents and caregivers who can assist their children in secondary school.


The study is delimited to teachers and students perceptions on the need for guidance counsellors in secondary schools in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.



        The following research questions will guide the study:

a)      What are the functions of guidance counsellors in secondary schools in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State?

b)      What are the perceptions of teachers and students on the need for guidance counsellors in Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State?

c)      To what extent do the teachers and students consult the guidance counselors for solutions to their problems?



        The following are the terms that guided the study;

a).     GUIDANCE: According to Oxford Dictionary 7th Edition guidance is a help or advise that is given to somebody, especially by somebody older or with more experience.

b)      COUNSELLING: Osondu (2008) defined counselling as a process by which an individual is made to understand himself so that he can solve his own problems. 

c)     GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING: Okonkwo and Ozurumba (1989) defined guidance and counselling as an indication of genuine concern for the welfare and good upbringing of the individuals.

d)      PERCEPTION: According to Advanced Oxford Dictionary (2001), it means one’s view, idea or belief, opinion on an issue or the way one understands something.

e)      COUNSELLOR: A person trained to counsel people and who is involved in helping individuals to understand themselves and their problems, according to the National Teacher’s Institute new module in guidance and counselling. Cycle 4.

f)       GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR: According to NTI module on guidance and counselling, it is a professionally trained person who assists the clients in assessing and understanding their abilities, attitudes, interest and educational needs.

g)      NEED: According to Advanced Learners’ Oxford Dictionary (2001), need is defined as (somebody or something) to do something in a situation when something is necessary or must be done.


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