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GUIDANCE CRISIS IN SECOND LEVEL SCHOOLS

Posted by Francis O' Toole on December 7, 2011

GUIDANCE CRISIS IN SECOND LEVEL SCHOOLS

The government’s decision, in Budget 2011, to remove the ex quota guidance & counselling service in second level schools from September 2012 will have serious implications for the personal, educational and career support service to students in second level schools This was discussed at an emergency meeting called by Guidance Counsellors in the Meath & Louth area.

If this change goes ahead there may be no one to one personal, educational or career counselling.

Students therefore may have no access to individual personal and careers counselling in preparation for career planning and Further Education/CAO Applications. Guidance Counsellors are concerned that students will not have the support they need when making crucial career decisions.

Third Year and Transition Year students will have no counselling in relation to Programme Options in Senior Cycle and Subject Choice for Leaving Certificate. A student’s choice of subjects for Leaving Certificate has real implications for a student’s career choice and course options in College.

All students could in all likelihood be deprived of access to one to one counselling support for a wide range of personal problems and issues – mental health issues, self harm, bereavement, relationship problems, family breakdown, eating disorders, child neglect, suicide ideation, bullying, cyber-bullying, stress behavioural problems etc
Students will have no access to individual counselling when having difficulties coping with their studies and managing exam stress.

The Pastoral Care Structure –incorporating Year Head and Class Tutor System will be impaired without the input of a professional Guidance Counsellor whose role is central to that support system.

These cuts will do untold damage to the welfare of our young people.

The Guidance and Counselling Service as we know it in our second level schools will disappear if this decision is not rescinded.

The implication for teachers nationally is that up to 700 subject teachers will lose their jobs in the academic year 2012-13

In order to secure a future of hope in these uncertain times it is imperative that teachers and parents and all those concerned with our young people please voice their opposition to these cutbacks to their local representatives and TDs.

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