Teachers

Quality learning and teaching campaigns Code for teachers

As a TEACHER, in line with the SACE Code of Professional Ethics, I promise to:

  • teach, to advance the education and the development of learners as individuals;
  • respect the dignity and rights of all persons without prejudice;
  • develop loyalty to, and respect for the profession;
  • be punctual, enthusiastic, well prepared for lessons and of sober mind and body;
  • improve my own knowledge and skills base to be more effective;
  • maintain good communication between teachers and learners; among teachers themselves; and between teachers and parents;
  • provide information to parents on their children's progress on a regular basis;
  • eliminate unprofessional behaviour, such as teacher-pupil relationships, drunkenness, the use of drugs, assault, sexual harassment and other infringements; and
  • to make myself available for extra-mural activities

Educators' Code of Conduct

General:  The educators employed at Onane School:

  • Acknowledge the noble calling of their profession to educate and train the learners.
  • Acknowledge that the attitude, dedication, self-discipline, ideals, training and conduct of the teaching profession determine the quality of education in this institution and in the whole country.
  • Acknowledge, uphold and promote basic human rights, as embodied in the constitution of South Africa.
  • Commit themselves therefore to do all within their power, in the exercising of their professional duties, to act with the ideals of their profession, as expressed in this code of conduct and
  • Act in a proper and becoming way such that their behavior does not bring the teaching profession into disrepute.
  • Acknowledge that punctuality to school, class etc. is the key to everything.
  • Acknowledge that postponement is the key to all failures.

Conduct: The educator and the learner

An educator:

  • Respects the dignity, beliefs and constitutional rights of learners and in particular children, which includes the right to privacy and confidentiality.
  • Acknowledges the uniqueness, individuality, ancolleagues
  • Uses appropriate language and behavior in his or her interactions with colleagues
  • Avoids any form of humiliation, and refrains from any form of abuse (physical or otherwise) towards

Conduct: The educator and the profession/school

  • Acknowledges that the exercising of his or her professional duties occurs within a context requiring
  • co-operation with and support of colleagues
  • Behaves in a way that enhances the dignity and status of the teaching profession and that does not bring the profession into disrepute
  • Keeps abreast of educational trends and developments
  • Promotes the ongoing development of teaching as a profession
  • Accepts that he or she has a professional obligation towards the education and induction into the profession of new members of the teaching profession
  • Acknowledges that cleanliness is next to godliness and thus keep the classroom, toilets and premises clean at all times
  • Acknowledges that the usage of cell phones should be regulated as follows: Switch off - During assembly and meetings, during lessons, open - during intervals and non-teaching periods throughout on principal’s permission upon expectation of urgent calls be left open in the hands of the administrative clerks
  • Acknowledges that he/she should not sit/be found in class which the other educator is offering a lesson unless conducting a class visit for developmental purposes.
  • Acknowledge that he/she should be the captain of his/her classroom and an expert of discipline.
  • Acknowledges that he/she should always use school properties and resources with care and should report damaged or broken property to the HOD or principal immediately.
  • Acknowledges that he/she should seek permission from the principal and sign the register to leave the school premises before the expiry of seven hours (unless during intervals)
  • Acknowledge that his/her non teaching periods would be utilized strictly for marking and control of work, lesson preparation, records keeping, conducting the reading for pleasure campaign and any activity which would benefit learners and the school at large

CONDUCT: The educator and his or her employer/SMT

An educator:

  • Recognises the employer as a partner in education
  • Acknowledges that certain responsibilities and authorities are vested in the employer through legislation, and serves his or her employer to the best of his or her ability
  • Refrains from discussing confidential and official matters with unauthorized persons

NON-COMPLAINCE WITH, OR TRANSGRESSIONS OF ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT AS OUTLINED IN THIS CODE OF CONDUCT, WOULD CONSTITUTE MISCONDUCT AND THEREFORE MISCONDUCT PROCEDURES IN TERMS OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE ACT, 1994 (RESOLUTION 1 OF 2003) WOULD BE FOLLOWED TO BRING THINGS TO NORMAL.