CODE OF CONDUCT FOR TEACHERS
This code of ethics is adapted to the end that the teaching profession may be advanced; that the dignity and honor of the profession may be upheld, its standards maintained and its benefits extended. It makes a teacher proud of his/her profession and accepts the obligations it places upon him/ her. Adherence to the code of ethics will promote cooperation, understanding and a sense of dedication among teachers in our Kingdom. It is accepted in our Kingdom that educating the child includes, among other things, nurturing and developing his/her moral, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual capabilities.(GNH values) Therefore, a teacher has responsibilities towards students that include:
- guiding them, through role model, self-discipline, counselling and personal examples;
- creating an enabling learning environment for them;
- treating them with dignity and honesty;
- developing a trusting relationship with them;
- protecting them from all kinds of intimidation, abuses and self-destruction;
- including in them a sense of love, respect, gratitude and patriotism;
Towards colleagues and the profession that include:
- building an atmosphere of trust, mutual respect and candour;
- acting within the wider principles of cooperation and broadmindedness to enhance the status of teaching profession;
- reflecting and sharing effective learning and teaching strategies
- assisting and supporting new comers to the profession;
Towards parents and community that include:
- making the students informed citizens, especially in relation to values, customs and practices that prevail in the society;
- providing professional services which are responsive to the needs of the community;
- developing in the members of the community a respect for laws and policies, which protect and promote the well being of the people and nation at large;
- building an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation and harmony with the parents and the community.
To this extent, a teacher should be committed to:
- providing his/her pupils an optimum standard of learning experience;
- applying with vigour and integrity one’s knowledge and skills and continually advance these by appropriate study and inquiry;
- maintaining allegiance and dedication to the tsa-wa-sum and the laws of the Kingdom.
- using one’s aptitude in the greater service of the King, the country and colleagues;
- preserving the cultural and traditional characteristics of the nation;
- the maintenance of the moral and intellectual integrity of the teaching profession;
- promoting, through personal examples the highest standards of rightful conduct and behaviour and courteous and selfless living;
And a teacher should refrain from:
All kinds of defilement, pursuit of vested interests and negative attitude that emanate from one’s body, mind and speech that is harmful to the integrity of the nation and the dignity of the profession.
Declared by the Fifth Annual Education Conference on the 28th of December 2001. The conference endorsed that the Education Department will investigate and take appropriate action against any teacher if the Code of Conduct is violated.
Student’s Code of Conduct
- I will be always present at School/Hostel activities unless seriously ill.
- I will be in class on time for all lessons
- I will never leave a classroom without teacher’s permission.
- I will never leave campus without Warden/Matron and school authority’s permission.
- I will report punctually for all school activities.
- I will demonstrate cooperation and be responsible in the classroom/hostel and at all school activities.
- I will show respect through words, gestures, and actions for staff members, adult supervisors, guest speakers, substitute teachers, and other students.
- I will abide by the rules and regulations prescribed in our school diary. I will use proper behaviour and channels of communication to resolve conflicts.
- I will respect the property of others.
- I will be honest.
- I will use acceptable language. I will speak in English and Dzongkha in the school campus.
- I will show concern for the welfare of the school and student body.
- I will have pride in my work and the work of others.
- I will respect cultural and ethnic differences.
- I will never bully anyone nor accept bullying by others.
School Environment Consciousness:
I know school property and facilities are important and necessary to the total teaching/learning process. Acts of destruction or vandalism will destroy the attractiveness of the school environment and often deprive students of a quality education. Students must share the responsibility, as all citizens should, to see that properties are protected and properly maintained. Students and staff members are responsible for all school property lost or damaged. Therefore, I would like to:
- Keep the campus clean and free from litter.
- Keep the trees and flowers as landscaped. Keep the toilets clean.
- Keep the walls of our campus free from writing, carvings, or slogans.
- Keep all equipment, lockers, desks, and books free from being defaced or damaged.
- Keep loiterers away by reporting them to the proper authorities (Warden/Matron/Principal)
- Use school property only when permission is granted.
- Follow checkout procedures for school equipment, textbooks, libraries etc.
- Take care of and use school equipment properly.
- Return school property promptly and in good condition.
- Report all acts of vandalism I witness.
- Refrain from using plastic shopping bags at all times.
Student Behaviour toward Other Students:
I know each student is expected to respect the rights of others. Each student also has an obligation to promote and safeguard an atmosphere where all learning and enrichment activities can take place without fear of disruption. Disruptive or dangerous student behaviour in Class, Hostels, on School grounds, during school functions, or while coming to and fro during holidays, will not be tolerated.
Information about behavioral consequences:
Teachers and school leaders will use their discretion and the following outline to determine the consequence for action, based on degree of severity and/or previous patterns of behaviour of the student. All classroom/hostel behaviour is governed by the same rules throughout the school.
Keeping in mind the emotional upheaval adolescent child goes through Norbuling Central School has trained counselor, well oriented teachers and staff members for students support services.
Stages of Solving Behaviour Problems.
A consistent set of rules can only minimise disruption and somewhere, at some time, disruption will occur. There has to be a whole school hierarchy of behaviour management which operates at all levels of teaching, and takes into account the fact that all teachers and school leaders will also be in a position to prevent bad behaviours.
Students need to be made aware of the consequences of their actions. They must know that if they do certain things then action will be taken in a consistent way (as specified in Annexure 1)
This hierarchy or maintenance of Discipline in Norbuling CS is based on five important Principles. All Sanctions are progressive at each level.
- The school strictly follows the ban of severe corporal punishment to students.
- As far as possible, the disciplinary practices are proactive and based on the principles of ‘kind & firm,’ ‘connection & correction’ and most importantly mutual and shared responsibility.
- As far as possible help children to feel a sense of belonging and significance (connection).
- Disciplinary practices are long term and effective (no negative long term impacts on children).
- Disciplinary practices are to teach valuable, social and life skills for good character (respect, concern for others, problem solving, responsible, accountable, contribution, cooperation, decision making, etc).
All in all, the school strongly expects our learners to extend their maximum cooperation and support in achieving and making our school safe and conducive to learning. It is also expected that we will be professional and consistent in dealing with the disciplinary issues for shaping the future of our Nation. In particular, following are the particular expected outcomes:
- Safe and secure learning environment in the school;
- Parents are on board as active partners in the education of children;
- Less disparity in the identification of offenses and application of sanctions;
- Students are fully aware of the consequences of their actions;
- Increased transparency and accountability in the school system;
- Schools are empowered and are more accountable for their decisions;
- Teachers are respected and motivated;
- Values of Driglam Namzha inculcated in schools;
- Minimal or no major disciplinary issues;
- Students’ overall performance improved.
- The school will intimate to the Dzongkhag education Office for all the sanctions we impose to the student (Defaulter) starting Level 2 and also pertaining to serious issues in level 1.
- Offences related to civil case such as pregnancy will be dealt as per legal provisions. So the school will directly handover the child to the concerned parents/guardians.
- Disciplinary action shall also be taken even if the offences are committed outside the school.
- Suspension: A suspension is the temporary removal of a student from school for committing either one or more of the offenses in all levels. It shall be sanctioned for a maximum of 12 school days. Corrective measures such as assignment, additional works will be assigned to be supervised by parents. Child will not be accepted back until requirements are fulfilled.
The school will also give suspension for one academic year to a child requiring rehabilitation. In such cases, the school will issue written order and hand over the child to their parent.
- Offences of criminal nature shall be dealt by law enforcement agencies such as police and court. Thus the child will be handed over to the Police in presence of their parents. The child shall not attend class during hearing of the case. The number of days missing the class shall be considered absent. The school rule on attendance requirement as per the Diary shall also be applied strictly. The child if proven guilty of the crime – both bail-able and non-bail-able is automatically expelled from the school.
- Expulsion: An expulsion is a permanent removal of a student from school for committing more serious or repeated violation of offenses and criminal offense on conviction of the crime. It is the last resort and can be applied after taking a series of both preventive and corrective measures through wider representation in the discipline committee including the SMB. It should, however, be preceded by suspension unless the offense is of criminal nature. The school will issued a written order along with all disciplinary records outlining the measures undertaken to correct the child, transfer certificates and any other relevant documents and hand over to the parent. However, Expulsion may not be sanctioned to students of age 12 (on the day of offense) and below.
A student once expelled cannot attend any school in the country.