JIS News

President of the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counselling in Education, Jennifer Willie, has called on colleagues to maintain excellence in their counselling profession, as they seek to tackle the social ills in the society.
Mrs. Willie, who spoke recently at a Ministry of Education function held at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Manchester, to honour top Guidance Counsellors, said the Counsellors are the main force that has held together the fabric of the education system, and that they should continue to do so while adhering to high morals.
“Many of you have significantly contributed to the success of students at the various levels and will continue to do so. Although this awards ceremony would not be able to recognise the work of every excellent counselling programme or counsellor over the past year, we are encouraged that it does capture the little pockets of what is good and innovative in the provision of guidance counselling services in schools. You have helped to highlight the fact that excellence is not unattainable, but is possible through our combined efforts, and commitment for the good of the nation. And as we deal with all ills in the society, let us work at all times with dedication and excellence,” she said.
Meanwhile, Director of the Ministry’s Region Five, Winston Guthrie, told JIS News, that he was pleased to see the number of young counsellors being honoured at the function.
“Our Region was able to host the function for the first time and we are pleased to see our schools being highlighted here today. What is more pleasing though, is to see that most of the counsellors getting recognition at this year’s event are young people, and what this speaks to is, despite our challenges, education is moving in the right direction. The more middle-aged counsellors have led well and those who follow are standing up to leadership,” he stated.