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Guidance and counselling professionals are given courses to teach instead of doing their work – Psychologist

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A psychologist is worried about the redundancy of guidance and counselling professionals in various educational institutions.

According to Dr Collins Badu Agyemang, these professionals are unable to perform their duties because they are sometimes given courses to teach.

This, he says has made solving adolescent mental health issues challenging.

“You go to many of these Secondary schools, the guidance and counselling professionals have been given courses to teach.

“We don’t have adequate space to allow for their work to be done to support the population of interest,” he said on the Joy FM Super Moning Show (SMS) on Tuesday.

His comments follow a video about a bullying incident circulating on various social media platforms.

A senior student of Adisadel College is seen strangling and eventually smashing a junior student’s head against a metal bed in their dormitory.

The video has since been met with outrage from the public and inundated calls on the Ghana Police Service to step in.

The Ghana Education Service issued a statement saying it has taken on the matter. It further noted that the junior student was receiving medical attention.

But Dr Badu Agyemang says medical attention alone is not enough.

According to him, what is also necessary is for authorities to ensure that the victim is psychologically sound.

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