A university lecturer, Prof. Mopelola Olusakin, has urged the three tiers of government to intervene in the use of school counsellors as teachers.
Olusakin, a professor of Counselling Psychology, Department of Educational Foundation, University of Lagos, made the appeal while chatting with newsmen in Lagos on Friday.
The professor said that the conversion denied students access to counselling.
Besides, she said that the National Policy on Education stipulates 250 students to a counsellor.
?But in most schools, there are over 1,000 students to a counsellor.
“The counsellor?s duty is to encourage the students to be dedicated because some of them are not dedicated to their studies and their parents do not have time to counsel them.
“A counsellor is in school to counsel students and not to teach in classes.
??They are in school so that students can speak with them on issues they cannot tell their parents.
“Counsellors are there to counsel students and help them choose a vocation.
“Children should be allowed access to counsellors right from primary school because of the rate at which they are developing so fast,? she said.
Olusakin said when a student developed a negative character, it would be difficult to correct it even with the help of a competent counsellor.
She said that students should discuss with their counsellors issues ranging on vocation, educational career and peer group.
She urged government and school administrators to use counsellors appropriately to inculcate the right morals in children.