Academic journal article Ife Psychologia

Counselling Administration as a Panacea for Advancing and Sustaining Educational Ideals in the 21st Century

Academic journal article Ife Psychologia

Counselling Administration as a Panacea for Advancing and Sustaining Educational Ideals in the 21st Century

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The moribund and deteriorating quality of education which has continued unabated impinges heavy traumatic effects on Nigerian citizens and the nation as a whole. Despites efforts of all stakeholders including dossiers of research findings by researchers and scholars the resolution seems farther than expected. The near total absence of counselling in the educational system has yet to receive attention as the missing link between efforts and success. As the 21st century unveils the need to advance and sustain educational ideals becomes paramount. This paper work proposes the establishment of a counselling championed human resource unit in our educational system. Basically, the foundation of its full implementation is hinged upon a wellorganized and developed counselling programme in schools. This position is an attempt to explore the possibilities of introducing an utilizing a well design human resource development department (HRD) to facilitate students success in our Nigerian Educational system.

Overtime Education has been described as a veritable tool for the transfer of culture from one generation to another. The concept is perceived as a process, project and standard for technological advancement for any developing nation. As researchers and scholars continue to advance understanding on what education should and should not be, it is unfortunate that much is left undone in terms of its practicality, implementation and sustainability. In other words much has been said in abstract with little or less done in bringing about an educational environment with working, effective and efficient humanly recognized unit. With reference to Nigeria today, it is nearly an understatement that education is in a chaotic and rigidly locked in pattern that leaves little room for reflection and exploration.

This is not helped by the downward, ailing trend of performance of students in national examinations such as West African Examination Board (WAEC) and national examination council (NECO). As examination remains a standard evaluation of an educational system, students recurring mass failure in national examinations indicates a rot in the system. Further, it is once considered that Northern Nigeria was educationally disadvantage as against the South based on educational spread, availability and functionality. However, in this author's opinion, a critical look at Nigeria today, one would conclude that the entire nation has since become educationally disadvantage with much said and less done to advance education. Expectedly, justifications have been provided with blames apportioned particularly to educational stakeholders with regards to whom and what is responsible for the poor standard. Amidst these, the role of counselling as repositioning and sustainability factor is yet to be given adequate attention. It is this posits that forms the stand of this paperwork.

Background to Counselling in Education

Counselling, originally an educational focus has since become a worldwide established specialty with an extension to virtually every facet of human life (Agokei, 2011). These include health, social and industrial sectors of a national life. Perhaps, it's phenomenal relevance in eveiy facet of human life and development has since been the hallmark of its vast description and constantly evolving definitions overtime (Adeyemo, 2002, Akinboye, 2002,Adeyemo & Agokei, 2010). However, central to the many definitions is the place of the counsellor who is the actual catalyst and facilitator of the counselling relationship. Moreover, the terms counsellor and counselling are so interrelated so that the latter describes the actions of the former. According to Agokei (2011) at first glance the understanding of a counsellor to a layperson is simply an advisory agent.

However, from a professional perspective based on theoretical underpinnings, its vast descriptions (Adeyemo, 2002, Akinboye, 2002, Adeyemo & Agokei, 2010) bequeaths the counsellor with an enormous role only a properly trained, psychologically stable and morally conscious person can undertake (Agokei, 2011). …

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