TRCN – Nigerian Teachers Code of Conduct (A Must Read for Nigerian Teachers)

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CHAPTER FIVE – RELATIONSHIP WITH LEARNERS

33: Learner’s right and dignity :
Teachers should have respect for the learner’s right and dignity without prejudice to gender, race, religion, tribe, colour, physical characteristics, place of origin, age, etc.

34: Responsibility for educational programmes :
Teachers are responsible for diagnosing, advising, prescribing implementing and evaluating educational programmes and instructions and should not delegate these functions to any other persons except in limited cases and with their direct supervision.

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35: Empathy:
Teachers should show maximum consideration for the feelings and circumstances of the learners.

36: Confidentiality:
Teachers should not reveal information about the learner given in confidence to them except by law or in the interest of the learner, parents/guardians or in the public interest.

37. Fair remuneration :
Teachers may not accept pay for services already paid for by the employer. However teachers are free to seek payments that are commensurate to their services as obtained in the teaching profession in their environment.

38. Sexual misconduct and related abuse of office :
Teachers should not use their position to humiliate, threaten, intimidate, harass or blackmail any learner to submit to selfish motives or to engage in sexual misconduct, drug addiction and trafficking, cultism, human trafficking and other related offences.

39. Examination malpractice:
Teachers should keep all examination records and knowledge at their disposal with absolute secrecy and should not in any manner whatsoever aid and abet examination malpractice by any learners. They are obliged to report all cases of examination malpractice, which come to their knowledge, to the appropriate authorities without delay.

40. Patronage of illegal learner groups:
Teachers should not patronize in any way learners associations deemed by law or public morality to be inimical to social and moral order of society such as secret cults, gay
associations and the like, and should co-operate with relevant authorities to prevent or eradicate them.

41. Role model:
Teachers should serve as role model to learners showing high degree of decency in speech, mannerism, discipline, dressing and general performance of their roles. Teachers should in particular dress to portray the dignity of the profession and have nothing to do with unnecessary exposure of parts of the body which may carry nudist connotations.

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42. Corrupt practice:
Teachers should not ask or receive gifts, or gratification for themselves or for others in any kind whatsoever for selfish motive. Corrupt practice here includes having canal knowledge of a learner, bribery, and indecent relationship with a learner, etc.

43. Corporal punishment:
Teachers should not under any circumstance administer any corporal punishment except otherwise permitted by the school authority.

44. Discipline:
Teachers should at all times ensure that learners behave in a civil and disciplined manner.

45. Ideological influence:
Teachers should not use their positions to spread their political, religious, or other ideologies among learners.

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