n South African Journal of Higher Education - Student counselling and development services in higher education institutions in South Africa




This article discusses student counselling and development services as an indispensable and integral part of higher education institutions. The value of such services is highlighted by drawing on theoretical considerations as well as examples from current research perspectives, both internationally and nationally. Because of its past history and present conditions, South Africa has specific higher education needs, for example dealing with large numbers of students who had inadequate school preparation and who consequently experience numerous barriers to learning. These needs are discussed in terms of the way that student counselling contributes towards ensuring that students receive the necessary support to study successfully and to enter the world of work as well-adjusted and well-prepared citizens of the new South Africa.


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