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Education Panel proposes code of morals for teachers
Neetu Banga | 28 Dec 2010

Teachers may soon be subject these new formulated codes if accepted by the government, which includes clauses for disciplinary action over corporal punishment, private tuitions and other anti-community activities.

The four member committee has devised the 'code of professional ethics' for teachers like doctors and lawyers. Teachers may soon be subject these new formulated codes if accepted by the government, which includes clauses for disciplinary action over corporal punishment, private tuitions and other anti-community activities. The proposed code would apply to schoolteachers across the country, from primary to secondary and senior secondary levels, and across government as well as private schools, with the aim of restoring dignity and integrity to the vocation of teaching.

 The committee headed by former NCERT director Prof A K Sharma, Prof G L Arora (former head Department of Teacher Education, NCERT), Prof Najma Amin (Head, Department of Educational Studies, Jamia Milia Islamia), and Prof Pranati Panda (Department of Comparative Education and International Cooperation, National University of Educational Planning & International Cooperation) prepared its interim report after consultation with several state governments. They will shortly submitting final report on the proposed code to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry by the month end.

According to the rule book , the primary obligations of teachers lies towards students, parents and community. It specifically warns against corporal punishment, sexual offences and private tuitions. There are three tiers mechanisms to address violations by teachers and penalties range from advisories to registration cancellation.

The new code goes beyond the 1997 code. A code for teachers was originally drafted by the NCERT that year in collaboration with teachers’ federations, in line with the 1986 National Policy on Education, but since there were no penalties attached to it, the older code was never really implemented in a serious manner.

On the discussion of new code of ethics left some teachers in a frustrated condition.

'Why we should not take private tuitions after our duty?' said government school teacher.

'We are teaching other students for their future in free hours,' added other teacher.

'It is right step towards dealing issues like punctuality, completion of course, private tuitions' said public school Principal.

The eminent educationists and members of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights welcomed the panel discussion. However it still to be seen that whether will it work in Indian teaching environment or not.