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Prospective counsellors encouraged to join school system

- Acting Chief Education Officer Mrs Connie E. George said 'some open positions' for counsellors exist
Acting Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Mrs Connie E. George, during the ministry’s 'A Chat with the Community' programme broadcast on Facebook on February 3 2021, encouraged professionals who are interested in the ministry’s counselling programme to submit applications for consideration. Photo: Facebook
Counsellor, Mr Jacob E. Edwards said his former school counsellor inspired him to take up the profession with the motivation he received. Photo: Facebook
Counsellor, Mr Jacob E. Edwards said his former school counsellor inspired him to take up the profession with the motivation he received. Photo: Facebook
From Left: School Counsellors Keriann Malone and Sharon Leonard. Counsellors across the Territory celebrated National School Counselling Week 2021 and informed the public on their roles as school counsellors. Photo: Facebook
From Left: School Counsellors Keriann Malone and Sharon Leonard. Counsellors across the Territory celebrated National School Counselling Week 2021 and informed the public on their roles as school counsellors. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Virgin Islands (VI) joined the rest of the world in National School Counselling Week 2021, from February 1-5, 2021, there was a call for more persons to join the fold of school counsellors in the Territory.

Acting Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Mrs Connie E. George, during the ministry’s “A Chat with the Community” programme broadcast on Facebook on February 3 2021, encouraged professionals who are interested in the ministry’s counselling programme to submit applications for consideration.

“Submit your applications if you would like to become a counsellor in our schools. We do have some open positions and we would love to know that you would love to join.”

Counsellors across the Territory celebrated National School Counselling Week 2021 and informed the public on their roles as school counsellors, a press release from Government Information Service (GIS) on Friday, February 5, 2021, stated.

Motivation

Counsellor, Mr Jacob E. Edwards said his former school counsellor inspired him to take up the profession with the motivation he received.

Mr Edwards said: “What drove me to become a counsellor was mentorship. Mr [Sylvester] Smith [counsellor] has been one of my mentors from high school days and to see that I am actually here working with him as a colleague… shows that it sparked a positive energy and that is why I am here today.”

Applications for the position of counsellors can be submitted to the ministry’s office on the 3rd floor of Ward’s building or by email to mec@gov.vg.

National School Counselling Week 2021 was observed under the theme, “School Counsellors: All in for All Students.”

The week was focused on the unique contributions of school counsellors in the Virgin Islands and highlighted the positive impact school counsellors have in helping students achieve emotional growth and career planning.

8 Responses to “Prospective counsellors encouraged to join school system”

  • Elohel (07/02/2021, 13:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You will have a lot more opening soon for counsellors Connie.
    • #Elohel (08/02/2021, 00:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Councellors also needed for you people who wake up everday only to sling mud at others.
  • COUNSLING (07/02/2021, 14:35) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    MS GEORGE NEEDS COUNCLING HER SELF GOD DOES NOT LIKE UGLY
  • old student (07/02/2021, 20:08) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ms. George please take better care of yourself. Them old wigs and old nails you keep re-doing. Please!! I know you can do a little better.
  • Help (08/02/2021, 03:01) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Connie George needs to retire. Old school, no vision. People in these positions need to go away annually for training. No reason why our education system doesn't have a proper special education program (IEP, 504 Plan, speech/occupational therapists, sign language, etc).

    VIP you need to look at moving her and bring back your educators that's abroad to move the education department forward.

    We the people are fed up now.
    • @help (08/02/2021, 07:07) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Speak for your self not for others. It is not everyone who support your mud slinging.
      • please (08/02/2021, 12:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        What is mud slinging at what is above. The individual asked for a proper education system to include IEP, 504 Plan, etc. Evidently, you have not been exposed to this type of education and is not familiar in what is needed to help a child with disabilities strive in the classroom. Connie George and a lot of others need to retire. They have the systems just like how it is. There are a lot of old and young BVIslander living abroad who are highly educated in the field of Education but will not return home due to the current system. We have a young lady who does ASL why our government have not tapped into bringing her home. You have no idea what is taking place so go sit down some where.
  • additionally (08/02/2021, 10:27) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some teachers need assessing and counseling before putting them in classrooms with our children. Be mindful of that Ms. George. The kids are not the issue. The parents, teachers and others who are supposed to help mould and guide them are


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