NUTP: Council must focus on professionalism

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 12 Feb 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has submitted a declaration to the Education Minister, urging greater professionalism among teachers through the formation of the Teachers Council. 

It also wants the council to solve disciplinary problems and other woes. 

“The registration of teachers should not be the council's primary concern. It should emphasise the responsibility of teachers in upholding universal principles and comprise all sectors of society as education is a source of concern to everybody,” said union secretary-general Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam. 

“We recommend the adoption of the NUTP Declaration on Professional Ethics as a guide for all teachers. It is aimed at raising teachers’ professionalism and image in the eyes of the public,” he said of the document submitted on Monday. 

The declaration spells out the ethical standards required from teachers as well as their commitment to the profession, students, colleagues, management personnel and parents.  

At a press conference at the union's headquarters here, Siva expressed the hope that the council – mooted recently by Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad – would be able to deal with complaints of some teachers mistreating students. 

“The scope of the council must be laid out clearly. It must be a body where complaints against teachers will be addressed. 

“Now many disciplinary problems involving teachers get swept under the carpet. Education departments don’t take action other than transfer the teacher to another school. That does not solve the problem.” 

He said the present Code of Professional Ethics was created over 30 years ago and was no longer adequate today.  

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