The Department of Guidance and Counselling was established in 2008, after the re-structuring of  the Ministry of Education and Sports.



To provide strategic and technical leadership, guidance, advice and strategies in all matters of guidance, counselling, including HIV/AIDS mitigation and psycho-social concerns and support services within the entire education and training sector, in collaboration with the relevant organs/stakeholders.

  • To promote, support and ensure the provision of quality guidance, counselling including psycho-social services in the entire education sector.
  • To sensitize all stakeholders and advocate for policies and strategies to effectively address issues of guidance and counselling, HIV/AIDS and other psycho-social concerns in the entire Sector.
  • To develop and maintain an up to date national data bank and information system on the issues/status of career guidance, counselling, placement of school leavers, HIV/AIDS and other psycho-social trends and services in schools/institutions so as to guide decision making and advice to stakeholders..
  • To Initiate and coordinate the provision of guidance and counselling in schools/institutions
  • Develop policies, strategies, plans and guidelines for the implementation and provision of guidance and counselling services.
  • Carry out advocacy, sensitization and information dissemination programs to raise awareness of the needs and magnitude of issues regarding career guidance services and counselling/psycho-social services in educational institutions.
  • Ensure training and retraining/refresher programs for teacher counsellors and other stakeholders in both government and private educational institutions to develop their capacity to ensure that G&C is effectively provided in schools in collaboration with TIET, NCDC, training institutions, district, and MoGLSD.
  • Advise on and ensure provision of appropriate materials in respect to G&C service provision.
  • Initiate and conduct workshops, seminars for in-service teachers/tutors and other practicing personnel.
  • Guide and support any initiative for promoting G&C services.
  • Provide linkages with organizations and other bodies in the region and internationally.
  • Establish an information/data bank on psycho-social and career information.
  • Conduct research and studies on career guidance, counselling services and psycho-social difficulties/challenges, and deviant behaviours to establish the extent of the problem and propose how to manage them.
  • Coordinate placement of students at various levels of education.
  • Organize national annual career fairs and expo and to ensure schools and regional career days/events are held.
  • Initiate programs and coordinate strategies for HIV prevention, care and support within the sector.
  • Initiate and ensure implementation of programs and interventions to address deviant behaviour, trauma and stress management in school and the entire sector.
  • Initiative programs to address cross-cutting concerns (Safe schools initiatives): Peace initiatives/education, gender,environment, human rights and culture, etc.
  • Monitor, evaluate and offer support supervision on policy and implementation of programs and -provide support supervision.
  • Provide guidelines on referral services for the entire sector.
  • Develop a job-shadow program and other initiatives to strengthen career explorations and monitor their implementation.