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Welfare Officers Being Trained To Better Deal With Issues In The School System

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As the Education Ministry faces challenges such as truancy, unacceptable behavior, and the use of weapons in the school system, it is now working towards training its officers to handle such problems. Schools welfare and Guidance and Counseling officers over the next four days will attend a capacity building workshop at the Regency Hotel.

The workshop is aimed at strengthening the capacity of the officers to better understand the nature, extent and causes of such problems. It is also aimed at creating a better network where the attendance rate of children can be improved through interventions by such officers.

Chief Schools, Welfare officer, Carol Melville said participants will also have a practical on the conduct and evaluation of a truancy campaign which will allow them to use the knowledge gained.
Several participants believe the workshop would allow them to sharpen their skills when it comes to deal with such issues while improving the school system.

Officers will be exposed to areas such as professional ethics in the work environment, counseling techniques, empowering children and conflict resolution in relation to school welfare interventions among other areas. Currently they are 34 schools welfare and 10 guidance and counseling officers who are dispatched within throughout the country with the exception of region eight.

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