Adequacy of Knowledge and Skills among Counsellors in Public Secondary Schools in Kakamega County, Kenya
Daniel M Mmbwanga, Prof. Haniel Nyaga Gatumu, Prof. Gathogo Mukuria

The study purposed to determine whether the knowledge and skills the school counsellors had were sufficient for effective counselling duties in secondary schools. According to the International Competencies for Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioners (ICEVGP) manual, there are certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed of counsellors in order to provide quality services to clients. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. To accomplish the objectives, the researcher used both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This research was conducted in Kakamega County. Kakamega County is one of the most populous counties in Kenya with the highest number of secondary schools in the country. Findings of the study indicate that majority of the school counsellors had no formal training in counselling, although some of them had done a unit in guidance and counselling during the Bachelor of Education training and others had attended workshops/seminars. The paper is expected to contribute to the educational teacher programs in Kenya both theoretically and practically. Theoretically, it will contribute to the advancement of knowledge about competencies required of school counsellors. Practically, the findings give insight into the inadequacies in the training of school counsellors

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jpbs.v10n1a4