International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Four Pillars of Effectiveness of Peer Counselling Programs in Meru South District High Schools, Kenya
Stephen Kiriungi Kamore, Pullah Mitto Tiego

The main purpose of this study was to assess the factors hindering the efficiency of peer counselling program in high schools in Kenya with specific focus on Meru South District, Meru County. This paper undertakes to probe the four proposed pillars of effective peer counselling program namely, selection, training, supervision and evaluation. A descriptive survey research method and purposive sampling were used. Data was collected using questionnaires to probe the issues under the study. The research data were thematically analysed. The results revealed that peer counselling program is available in most of the schools but there are no coordinated criteria for selection, the training provided is inadequate, peer counsellors’ supervision is not done and peer counselling programs are rarely evaluated. The challenges faced by peer counsellors include lack of confidence, criticism by other students, lack of well defined roles, lack of skills in counselling and shortage of time to engage in peer counselling.

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