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Ministry to recruit full time paid counsellors

  The Ministry for Education is looking at deploying full-time paid counsellors for a cluster of schools by June. This will help children and teachers to be more aware on
07 Mar 2017 11:00
Ministry to recruit full time paid counsellors
Participants during the Education Forum 2017 at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The Ministry for Education is looking at deploying full-time paid counsellors for a cluster of schools by June.

This will help children and teachers to be more aware on how to handle situations like suicide cases, abuse or harassment.

According to the ministry’s policy on school counselling, the basic counselling services would be for new and existing teachers.

And this service would be accessible to all preschool, primary, secondary and vocational students.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy said it was necessary that every teacher had knowledge of basic counselling.

“Whenever a student has a problem, teachers should immediately act on it,” Mr Reddy said.

Mr Reddy said they want students to be able to confront the counsellors or teacher immediately.

So far 371 teachers have undergone Basic Counselling Training.

There are only seven fulltime counsellors in schools around the country to date. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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