Code of Ethics in Teaching Profession

Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Pat Ugwu II

This Code of Ethics in Nigeria Teaching Profession is As Enacted by TRCN from UNESCO/ILO. We wrote an article on the importance of technology in education.

Precisely, the code of ethics in the teaching profession in Nigeria is fashioned after the UNESCO/ILO recommended codes of conduct. Before we continue, please let me tell you that you can download lesson notes for teaching here.

Ethics in Nigeria’s Teaching Profession

The ethics in Nigeria’s teaching profession demand as follows:

  • Teaching should be professionalized and teachers must have undertaken some approved courses appropriate for teacher preparation before being employed.
  • Teachers should be disciplined and there should be sanctions and penalties for misbehavior. To this end, a Teacher Disciplinary
    Committee and a Teacher Investigating Panel had been provided for by TRCN.
  • Teachers should enjoy academic freedom, particularly in – deciding what to teach, materials to use and the appropriate methodology.
  • Teacher’s assessment should be objectively done and there should be right of appeal against such assessment.
  • The relationship among teacher and between teachers and parents should be that of mutual cooperation.
  • Teachers should strive to ensure high professionals standards.
  • Teachers should show allegiance to the profession body such as NUT, ASUSS, APSTON, ETC.
  • Teachers should take active part in extracurricular activities for the benefit of their pupils.
  • Teachers should maintain cordiality with administrative and other staffers in the schools for good working relationship.
  • Teachers should participate in social and public life of the community in the interest of teachers personal development and for them to be socially relevant.
  • Teachers should also be free to exercise their civic rights and be eligible for public office.
  • Teachers should not show any form of discrimination in their operation in or out of school.
  • Teachers should not engage in any form of defamation of the colleagues.
  • It is unethical for a teacher to engage in touting or using dubious means such as deception or misinformation to take away clients and learners from colleagues.
  • Teacher should respect child’s right and dignity without any prejudice to sex, race colour, creed or religion.
  • The teachers should also ensure confidentiality of personal information and other records of the learner disclosed to him.
  • The teachers should have a right to fair remuneration but should avoid over-pricing of services.
  • It is against the ethics of the teaching profession to sexually harass a learner.
  • Teachers should not be involved in any form of examination malpractices.
  • It is against the ethics of teaching for a teacher to engage in cultism, bribery and corruption.
  • It is unethical for a teacher to give corporal punishment unless duly authorized to do so.
  • Teachers are also barred from influencing the learners ideologically.
  • It is ethical for teachers to respect contractual obligations and the rule of law.
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Here is where you can gel the full code of ethics in a downloadable PDF format. You may like these Gold Teaching Strategies that you can adopt in your practice.

Final Thoughts

The code of ethics in Nigeria’s teaching profession is fashioned after the UNESCO/ILO recommended codes of conduct. This Code of Ethics in Teaching Profession is as Enacted by TRCN from UNESCO/ILO. It demands that teachers should enjoy academic freedom, respect for parents, and high professional standards.

Teachers should respect child’s rights and dignity without any prejudice to sex, race, colour, creed, or religion. Teachers should also have a right to fair remuneration but should avoid over-pricing of services. It is against the ethics of teaching for a teacher to engage in cultism, bribery, and corruption.

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