NEED FOR GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL: EARLY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN (Published)
Nigeria is a third world country with rich cultural heritage and background. At the early stages of children’s growth in the region as in other countries bank on the knowledge provided by both their respective families as well their schools. At this stage, the schools are called elementary schools which strive to enhance the adjustment of the children, and as well prepare them for secondary schools. Virtues learnt at this level are maintained and carried over to other levels of education. The importance of this school level cannot be over emphasized, hence the name, primary schools. As a result, Guidance and Counselling is of a paramount importance to address the academic, vocational, personal and social needs of the children. Through this, the kids are enabled to develop positive self-image and actualize their adjustment needs that leads them into the future. The abilities, skills and desired personalities are harnessed through effective Guidance and Counselling programmes at the primary school level. This is done to achieve the aims and objectives of primary education as stipulated in the National Policy on Education by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is therefore recommended that all hands should be on deck to brighten the future of primary school children though the efficient and effective implementation of Guidance and Counselling at the said level.