The purpose of the study was to investigate the Influence of Guidance and Counseling on
Academic Performance of Mentally Challenged Children in Nyeri munispality in Nyeri District,
Kenya. The specific objectives of the study were to; identify the causes of mental retardation
Children in Nyeri munispality in Nyeri District Kenya, , Identify the methods of counseling that
are effective on mentally retarded Children and Investigate the impact of guidance and
counseling on academic performance of learners with mental retardation Children. The methods
used for data collection were questionnaires to the teachers, interviews with the parents and
focus group discussions with the pupils. The study revealed by 60% that learners with mental
retardation sought guidance and counseling services. However the respondents complained that
most schools do not have qualified counselors to handle mentally retarded learners. The most
common mentioned cause of mental retardation was hereditary reasons which were mentioned
by 90% of the respondents. Group counseling was mentioned by 84%, 76% mentioned
individual counseling, 72% mentioned motivation, 64% mentioned parent and child counseling
and 56% mentioned behavior counseling. The study also revealed by 52% of the respondents
that guidance and counseling has improved the academic perfonnance of mentally retarded. The
study recommended that; Counselors who specifically look at cases of mentally retarded learners
should be trained and made available in schools to help mentally retarded children. The Ministry
of Education to beef up more aggressive awareness campaigns among various stakeholders
concerning the negative attitudes towards the mentally retarded. The Ministry to empower all the
teachers in the country with appropriate professional skills on how to cater for the mentally retarded learners.
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Research, SSA. "The Impact Of Guidance And Counselling On Academic Perfromance Of Mentally Challenged Children In Nyeri Munisp Ality In Nyeri District Kenya" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed June 23, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/the-impact-of-guidance-and-counselling-on-academic-perfromance-of-mentally-challenged-children-in-nyeri-munisp-ality-in-nyeri-district-kenya