The State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Nagaland launched a six month certificate course in school counselling today. SCERT is the first to introduce such course in school counselling. This special programme is designed for teachers to counsel school children to enhance their overall academic performance and all round personality development.
The programme was formally launched by SCERT retired director Vipralhou Kesiezie. SCERT stated that the need for counselling has become more significant in the context of the Right to Education Act 2009 which ensures every child of the country an education free of mental anxiety and emotional stress.
Three major components covered under school counselling includes personal, social competencies, academic development and career development. The six month course is designed for school teachers so as to train them in the basic theory and practice of basic counselling skills with the objective to enable them to act as school counsellors in Nagaland.
SCERT director T. Shekose stated that the diploma course in school counselling has been introduced with the primary objective to train at least one male and one female school teacher in theory and practices of school counselling.
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