Despite having already waited for three years,government schools might have to wait some more to get counsellors for their students. A vacancy of 43 counsellors on a part-time basis was announced in government schools on January 5 this year and since then,the recruitment has been in process.
A committee for the procurement of counsellors was made and tenders have been invited to fill the vacancies, says District Education Officer (DEO) Ram Kumar. He said that counsellors were recruited earlier in 2007 but that there has been no reappointment after 2010 as the recruitment was need-based and there are no sanctioned posts for them with the department.
According to the department officials,the process of recruitment may take another 3-4 months. Though private schools in they city have counsellors on staff,not a single government school has had any counsellor after 2010.
Heads of government schools have expressed the need for professional counsellors for students,at least for the high schools and senior secondary schools. There is a need for counsellors for adolescents,especially these days,as children are exposed to all kinds of influences but their communication with their parents is limited. In the absence of counsellors,the department should train the teachers,at least,as they observe the children closely,making it easier for the students to approach them, says the Principal of Government Model High School.
We see that there is a need for counsellors,but the posts will have to be sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs. School teachers may not be able to give expert advice but they have the confidence of the students,who open up to them faster. The special cases may be referred to professional counsellors, the DEO said.
Through the process of technical and financial bidding,the department has outsourced the hiring process for the 43 posts by means of calling tenders. The counsellors will be on part-time basis and will look after more than one school each.