Guidance and Counseling in Nigerian Secondary Schools: The Role of ICT

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Oye N. D. 1,* Obi M. C. 1 Mohd T. N. 1 Bernice A. 2

1. Department of Information Systems, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

2. Gwadabawa GDSS, Yola- Nigeria

* Corresponding author.


Received: 23 May 2012 / Revised: 5 Jun. 2012 / Accepted: 1 Jul. 2012 / Published: 8 Aug. 2012

Index Terms

Counseling, Guidance, ICT, Career information, Principals, PTA


The importance of guidance and counseling programme in secondary schools, include bringing to the students an increased understanding of the educational, vocational and social information needed to make wise choices. In our society there are many influencing forces responsible for the gradual recognition of formal guidance to young people in various educational levels. This review paper focuses on the role of ICT on guidance and counseling in secondary schools. Counseling is a form of education, which the students receive from their counselors. The essence of incorporating guidance and counseling into the school system was to eliminate overwhelming ignorance of many young people on their choices of career prospects and personality maladjustment among school children. The role of ICT in guidance can be seen in three ways: as a tool, as an alternative, or as an agent of change. The growth of websites and help lines as forms of technically mediated service delivery means that the potential of ICT as a change agent is now greater than ever before. The telephone, websites and e-mail, alongside face-to-face facilities, could be alternative services; or they could be portals into a wide, flexible and well-harmonized network of services. The paper recommends that principals should make provision for guidance and counseling on the school time table. Most importantly secondary school ICT adoption should be encouraged by the ministry of education.

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Oye N. D., Obi M. C., Mohd T. N., Bernice, A., "Guidance and Counseling in Nigerian Secondary Schools: The Role of ICT", International Journal of Modern Education and Computer Science(IJMECS), vol.4, no.8, pp.26-33, 2012. DOI:10.5815/ijmecs.2012.08.04


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