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The Maintenance of Order And Discipline - Roles Attached

The maintenance of order and discipline in schools depend on several key persons playing important roles.

 

The Role Of The Head Teacher

  • Lead in the formulation and implementation of a Code of Conduct and a Disciplinary Policy for the school.
  • Play a lead role in the articulation and implementation of the Code of conduct and Disciplinary Policy for the School.
  • Ensure that all teachers have written classroom rules and access to the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Policy.
  • Establish partnership between home, school and community by encouraging active participation in the formulation and implementation of the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Policy.
  • Establish a Misdemeanours Book to record instances of disciplinary actions being administered.
  • Monitor order and discipline both within and out of the school.
  • Keep learners, teachers and parents au fait with activities and decisions in relation to school discipline.
  • Ensure that Peace Education, Conflict Resolution and Social Skills are taught to learners.
  • Draft and monitor the implementation of plan of co-curricular activities to keep learners constructively occupied; religious clubs/societies, debating clubs, organized games – indoor and outdoor, etc.
  • Control access to and use of the school compound.
  • Screen all visitors to the school. Visitors to the school must report to the Head-Teacher.
  • Administer corporal punishment to learners who warrant such.
  • Report promptly any serious case (Category 2) of unacceptable behaviour to the relevant authorities.
  • Reviews disciplinary strategies on a regular basis – include parents, learners and teachers.
  • Expect support from officers of the Ministry of Education, Department of Education, teachers and parents in the implementation of disciplinary strategies.
  • Model desirable/acceptable social and professional behaviours.

The Role of The Teacher:

  • Participate in the drafting of the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Policy.
  • Develop, in collaboration with learners, written classroom rules and sanctions.
  • Accept responsibility for maintaining discipline and order within and outside of the school.
  • Implement class, and school rules and regulations in a firm, consistent and prompt manner.
  • Adhere to the guidelines adumbrated in the Disciplinary Policy.
  • Include Peace Education, Self Concept, Conflict Resolution, and Social Skills in the regular instructional programme.
  • Respond to learners in a caring and respectful manner.
  • Display impartial behaviour to all learners – regardless of ethnicity, religion, social or economic standing.
  • Use rewards for acceptable behaviours demonstrated by learners and punishment for unacceptable ones.
  • Impartially dispense punishment and reward.
  • Keep accurate misdemeanour records and always inform the Head Teacher of discipline problems.
  • Expect support from parents, Head Teacher and learners in the implementation of disciplinary strategies.
  • Model desirable/acceptable social and professional behaviours.

The Role Of the Learner:

  • Treat each other and members of the school staff with respect and courtesy.
  • Follow established Class Rules and School Rules.
  • Report contravention of Class Rules, School Rules and Code of Conduct to the class teacher or Head Teacher.
  • Avoid acting in a manner which will expose others to danger, harm or injury.
  • Avoid use of threats and intimidation against others.
  • Respect the rights and property of others.
  • Protect eh school property and facilities.
  • Avoid engaging in immoral activities.
  • Obey legitimate instruction of teacher, prefects, class monitors and student government members.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities - religious, debating clubs, organized indoor and outdoor games, etc.
  • Use principles of peace education and conflict resolution skills to resolve conflict.
  • Refrain from carrying, using or being in possession of any weapon, illegal drug or prohibited electronic device in the school or on the school compound.
  • Maintain high academic and non-academic standards.
  • Attend school regularly and punctually.
  • Maintain personal hygiene and practice good grooming.
  • Accept responsibility for his/her own behaviour.

The Role Of The Parent/Guardian:

  • Participate in drafting and reviewing the Class Rules, School Rules, Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Policy.
  • Study the Class Rules, School Rules, Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Policy with your child/ward.
  • Control and correct the behaviour of your child/ward.
  • Request and participate in training that will assist you in better understanding and education your child/ward.
  • Keep the school informed of the needs, peculiarities and health status of your child/ward
  • Request information on your child’s/ward’s performance and behaviour at least once each term.
  • Encourage your child/ward to adhere to the Class Rules, School Rules, and Code of Conduct.
  • Visit the school to discuss your child’s/ward’s performance and behaviour with his/her teacher. Arrangements must be made in advance, or notify the Head Teacher of your presence and intention.
  • Be involved in school activities.
  • Encourage your child/ward to participate in school sponsored activities.
  • Ensure that the school can make contact with you during the day in case of an emergency – by phone at home or work, by electronic mail, or at your residence.
  • Report promptly to the head Teacher any unacceptable behaviour demonstrated by your child/ward or any other learner away from the school premises.
  • Treat your child/ward with love and respect.
  • Model desirable/acceptable social behaviours.
  • Seek assistance of the school or a relevant agency if you experience difficulties in your attempts to discipline you child/ward.
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