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Code of Conduct for Teachers

code of conduct 

All teacher are expected to know and follow the outlined code of conduct for their profession. 

A. Commitment to the Profession

  • Conduct yourself in a reasonable manner in the development of Government policies affecting education.
  • Do nothing in your private or public pursuits which will bring your profession to disrepute.
  • Keep in confidence, information that had been obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.
  • Offer advice and give helpful criticism as the need arises. In this matter you have a special responsibility to teachers in training and junior colleagues.
  • Open confrontation of whatever nature must be avoided.
  • You should neither allow other employment to impair the effectiveness of your professional service, nor permit commercial exploitation of your professional position.
  • Keep all records accurate and up to date.
  • All correspondence addressed to the Ministry of education should be channeled through the Head of the School, in the first place.
  • The meeting of deadlines must be given priority, and thoroughness in the preparation of required documents is crucial.
  • Professional growth is absolutely necessary and must be given priority.
  • Devote full working time to your vocation; teaching effort and time on task are essential for success.

B. Commitment to Colleagues

  • Treat you colleagues as professional equals, regardless of their status.
  • Treat your colleagues with courtesy at all times.
  • If you are a Head, behave in such a manner that you earn respect. Win tit by upholding integrity, dignity, decorum and efficiency at all levels.
  • If you are a Deputy or Senior Master/Mistress, hold the balance between the Head and the other members of staff evenly poised.
  • Respect the functional superiority of those set in authority over you.
  • In correcting a subordinate, do not make the intent known to others, unless it is necessary.
  • Be impartial in your decision with members of staff.
  • Cliques and fractions among members of staff will not be tolerated.
  • Do not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, creed, or national origin, nor interfere with the free participation of colleagues in the affairs of their association (s).
  • Do not deliberately distort evaluation of colleagues.

C.  Attendance, Leave and Absence

  • If you must visit the Ministry of Education, do so on the days specified. Do not abuse the concession.
  • Be regular and punctual. Attendance should be faithfully recorded. Teacher should report for duty at least fifteen minutes before the session begins.
  • Note that there are no free periods, but non-teacher periods which ought to be utilized on a contingency basis.
  • The Head has the prerogative of temporarily assigning a member of staff to teach a class in the absence of a teacher timetable to do so, providing that the member of staff is professionally and academically able to so do.
  • Prior approval in writing should be obtained before proceeding on leave. In case of illness or emergency, inform the Head without undue delay.
  • Do not abuse leave concessions.
  • Report you resumption of duty promptly.

D. Commitment to Students

In fulfilling your obligation to students –

  • Place high value on and demonstrate to students commitment for excellence in work, manners and achievement.
  • Encourage students to practice respect for other and to be thoughtful and helpful at all times, especially in relation to the aged and the handicapped.
  • Encourage students to exercise discipline.
  • Help students to develop a sense of responsibility, self reliance and independence.
  • Encourage students to show respect fro all forms of duly constituted authority.
  • Demonstrate patriotism and appreciation of freedom with responsibility.
  • Help students to differentiate right from wrong and justice from injustice.
  • Encourage students to show respect and appreciation for personal and public property.
  • Assist students to exercise tolerance as they strive for understanding of other’s ideas and beliefs.
  • Strive for consistency, firmness and understanding in disciplinary dealings with pupils.  
  • Instill a feeling of pride in self, school and community.
  • Help students to understand and appreciate that the development of acceptable attitudes and standards is more important than blind obedience to rules.
  • Strive to develop mutual courtesy and respect between teachers and pupils.
  • Dealing justly with each student and treat each with courtesy and consideration.
  • Work towards developing and promoting good human relations and qualities.
  • Do not encourage undue familiarity with students.
  • Do not smoke, drink or eat during teaching sessions in the presence of students.
  • Do nothing by precept or example likely to corrupt student.
  • Stimulate the spirit of enquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding and the thoughtful formulation of worthy goals.
  • Respect the confidentiality of information about a student or his home and with hold it, unless its release serves a professional purpose benefits the student, or is required by law.
  • Undertake to constantly pursue the improvement of learning facilities and opportunities.
  • Make responsible efforts to protect students from conditions harmful to health and safety.
  • Do not use the facilities of the school to tutor students privately, for gain.
  • Do not discriminate on grounds of ability, race, colour or creed.
  • Remain IN LOCO PARENTIS while the child is in your care, and fulfill this responsibility according to the law.
  • Co-operate, as far as your professional obligation will allow you, in securing the wished of parents for their children.
  • Seek to faster the interest of parents in the progress of their children.

 E.  Commitment to the Community

The Teaching vocation occupies a position of public trust. Education is effective when school and community co-operate in a constructive manner.

  • Adhere to any responsible pattern of behaviour accepted by the community for professional persons.
  • Perform the duties of citizenship, and participate in community activities with due consideration.
  • Discuss controversial issues from an objective point of view; keep your class free from partisan opinions.
  • Respect the community in which you are employed and be loyal to the school system, community and nation.
  • Work to improve education in the community and to strengthen the community’s moral, spiritual and intellectual life.
  • Encourage the community to participate in the life of the school.
  • Co-operate with approved agencies concerned with student Welfare.
  • Conduct professional business through recognized educational and professional channels.
  • Do nothing in your teaching, calculated to instill contempt or disobedience to the laws of the land.
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