ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Why a Code for Teachers Now?

A code of ethics for schoolteachers makes little sense in the current environment of school education.

A four-member committee of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has drafted a professional code for schoolteachers (at primary and senior secondary levels in government and private schools) that has been circulated to state governments for consultation before finalisation.

The draft code proposes disciplinary action against teachers who mete out corporal punishment, take private tuitions and indulge in other “anti-community” activities. The 23-point code enjoins duties upon teachers that range from not lowering a child’s self-esteem to not accepting gifts that compromise their professional obligations. In itself, the proposal is a welcome move. However, can there be a meaningful code without changes in the current environment of education, in both government and private schools?

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