Number Of Counselling Teachers Need To Be Increased – Mahdzir

GEORGE TOWN, March 31 (Bernama) — The Education Ministry plans to increase the number of counsellors in schools in an effort to address disciplinary problems among students.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said at the moment, each school had two counselling teachers, depending on its condition and location.

“The recommended counsellor to student ratio is 1 for 500 students and for schools, which have over 1,500 students, there should be three counselling teachers.

“Based on the ratio, we need to increase the number of counsellors in schools,” he told reporters after opening a new building and the Heritage Gallery of Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Gelugor, here Thursday.

He said the increase in the number of counsellors was also in line with the new guideline for teachers on how to handle bullying incidents among school students nationwide that would be distributed starting next week.

He said through the guideline, the investigation process or action on any bullying cases would be handled by the school management as well as the state Education Department and at the same time, parents of students involved would also be called to assist.

“Counsellors will also be involved in solving any reported bullying cases,” he said.

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