SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCIL FOR EDUCATORS
CODE OF CONDUCT
In this code, unless the context indicates otherwise:
"educator" means any person who teaches, educates or trains their persons or provides professional therapy at any school, technical college or college or college of education or assists in rendering professional services or performs education management services or educational auxilliary services provided by or in a department of education, (and whose employment is regulated by the Educators Employment Act, 1994); and any other person registered with the council.
"learner" means a pupil or a student who is taught or trained by an educator as defined above;
"parent" means -
the parent or guardian of the learner
the person legally entitled to custody of a learner; or
the person who undertakes to fulfil the obligations of a person referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) towards the learner's education at school
The educators who are registered with the South african Council for educators -
acknowledge the noble calling of their profession to educate and train the learners of our country;
acknowledge that the attitude, dedication, self-discipline, ideals, training and conduct of the teaching profession determine the quality of education in this country;
ackonwledge, uphold and promote basic human rights, as embodied in the Constitution of South Africa;
commit themselves to do all within their power, in the existing of their professional duties, to act in accordance with the ideals of their profession, as expressed in this code; and
act in a proper and becoming way such that their beahviour does not bring the teaching profession into disrepute.
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, and specific needs of each learner, guiding and encouraging each to realise his or her potentialities;
strives to enable learners to develop a set of values cinsistent with those upheld in the Bill of Rights as contained in the Constitution of South Africa;
exercises authority with compassion;
avoids any form of humiliation, and refrains from any form of child abuse, physical or psychological;
promotes gender equality and refrains from any type of sexual relationship with learners or sexual harassment (physical or otherwise) of learners;
uses appropriate language and behaviour in his or her interaction with learners, and acts in such a way as to elicit respect from the learners;
takes reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the learner;
does not abuse the position he or she holds for financial, political or personal gain.
Is not negligent or indolent in the performance of his or her professional duties.
Recognises, where appropriate, learners as partners in education.
CONDUCT: THE EDUCATOR AND THE PARENT
An educator, where apppropriate -
recognises the parents as partners in education, and promotes a harmonious relationship with them;
does what is parctically possible to keep parents adequately and timeously informed about the well-being and progress of the learner
CONDUCT: THE EDUCATOR AND THE COMMUNITY
An educator recognises that an educational institution serves the community, and therefore acknowledges that there wil be differing customs, codes and beliefs in the community.
CONDUCT: THE EDUCATOR AND HIS OR HER COLLEAGUES
An educator -
refrains form undermining the status and authority of his or her colleagues;
promotes gender equality and refrains from sexual harassment (physical or otherwise) of his or her colleagues;
respects the various responsibilities assigned to colleagues and the autority that arises therefrom, to ensure the smooth running of the educational institution;
uses proper procedures to address issues of professional incompetence or misbehaviour.
CONDUCT: THE EDUCATOR AND THE PROFESSION
An eduactor -
acknowledges that the exercising of his or her professional duties occurs within a context requiring co-operation with and and support of colleagues, and therefor behaves in such a way as to enhance the dignity and status of the profession.
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.
CONDUCT: THE EDUCATOR AND HIS OR HER EMPLOYER
An educator -
regocnises 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 ability;
refrains from discussing confidential and official matters with unauthorised persons.
CONDUCT: THE EDUCATOR AND THE COUNCIL
An educator -
co-operates with the South African Council for Educators to the best of their ability;
accepts and complies wiht the Disciplinary Powers and Procedures of the Soputh African Council for Educators.
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