Abstract – The major purpose of the study was to identify the most important guidance needs of junior high school students in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region of Ghana. The research sample involved JHS 1, 2 and 3 students; teachers including guidance coordinators. A total of 150 respondents were used in the study, of which the students were made up of 71 males and 54 females; and 25 teachers including eight (8) guidance coordinators. The tool used for the research was questionnaire set for students and teachers. A non-probability sampling method was used in choosing the students and the teachers. The results were presented in the form of frequency tables and descriptive statistics. It was revealed that career needs, employment needs, financial, and spiritual information needs were the most important concern to students than interpersonal relationships, educational information, self-understanding and study habits. The findings also established that lack of qualified guidance coordinators; and lack of funds for guidance and counselling programmes among others were the central causes preventing guidance needs of students to be sufficiently met. It was concluded that career needs, employment needs, financial, and spiritual information needs were the most prioritise needs to students of junior high schools. It was recommended that the government and other stakeholders such as the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Education Trust Fund should make available the needed resources for guidance and counselling in junior high schools. Further research needs to be carried out at all levels of the academic ladder to properly obtain the guidance needs of pupils and students alike.
Keywords: guidance, guidance needs, junior high school, prevalent
Cite as: Tanko, A. S., Seidu, I., Dawuda, M. H., and Amoro, A. Y. G. (2019). Guidance Needs of Junior High School Students in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region of Ghana. Diverse Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Pages 1-6, December 2019.