The recent Government Cut backs in School Guidance and Counselling have not just lead to a serious reduction in the Guidance and Counselling service in schools, it has also had an unforeseen impact in terms of class sizes, subject options, loss of subject choices, amalgamation of classes, etc.
So says – not Guidance Counsellors – but the Principals of Second level schools in Ireland according to a report from the Joint Managerial Body of Second Level School Managers.
The cut backs in Guidance and Counselling have had a devastating effect on the education service provided by second level schools throughout the country, according to a survey carried out among school Principals by the Joint Managerial Body.
In many schools the cut backs have led to:
large increases in class sizes
dropping of Subject Choices
the amalgamation of Higher and Ordinary level groups into the one classroom
Putting Fifth and Sixth Year students into the one room for certain subjects
the Principal and Deputy Principal returning to the classroom to provide time for Guidance Counsellor to meet with the most vulnerable students….