New teacher guidelines aim to promote higher standards, ethics

08:48, September 21, 2010      

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Hubei Provincial Department of Education issued regulations for teachers' professional ethics on Wednesday. It clarifies what is expected such as ensuring students are evacuated when disasters or accidents happen, and what is forbidden, such as academic plagiarism or the promotion of guidebooks.

Why are these regulations needed?

Zhang Ke,

teacher, Capital Normal University

Teachers are generally committed to their work and have no problem in with professional ethics. But their academic research is a problem. The number of published theses is a key measurement for promotions. Therefore, most teachers focus more on academic achievement and less on teaching.

Zhang Yanna,

teacher, Jinhua Foreign Language School, Zhejiang Province

Facing unexpected disasters, it's normal for people to think about their own safety first. But if an accident happens on campus, teachers have a responsibility to protect students first. On teaching aids, only one guidance book is permitted per textbook at our school.

Luo Jun,

graduate student, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
Professional ethics upgrade responsibility and sense of vocation. Under the current educational reform, quality-oriented education should enhance the comprehensive ability of educators.

Wang Hongcai,

education expert, Xiamen University

Enhancing professional ethics should have two aspects. The implementation of the regulations must detail inappropriate behaviors. Also, we should locate the source of any unethical behavior, especially the assessment of professional titles, which mainly relies on the quantity rather than quality of their essays and research programs

Source: Global Times


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