The Ministry of Education Youths and Sport (MEYS) in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) with funds from UNICEF has started a three day Training of Trainers on implementation and dissemination of Code of Conduct for Teachers and other Education Personnel in the Eastern Region at the Kenema District Council hall in Kenema city.
In his remarks the Chairman of the ceremony who is also a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department Community Development Studies Freetown Teachers College Cidi Mohamed Chebli said the time is appropriate for a Code of Conduct for Teachers to bridge the gap between the past and the present, and bring back standards in the behavioral patterns of those charged with the responsibility to build the human resource base of the country in accordance with the attitude change policy that is being preached by President Ernest Bai Koroma.
The Deputy Director of Education Kenema John Amara Swaray said the teacher factor should be taking very seriously in any educational system, if not system is bound to fail. He said the Code of Conduct is recognized and endorsed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MEYS) and complements MEYS’s and other policies relating to the promotion of safe, conducive and positive teaching and learning environment.
Mr. Swaray added that the mandate of the MEYS includes regulating, legislating, monitoring, coordinating and providing adequate resources with an enabling environment, to ensuring effective and quality performance, higher standards, transparency and accountability among teachers and members within the teaching profession, developing curricula and running schools.
In his contribution the Chairman of the Education Committee in the Kenema District Council Peter Galia said good quality of teachers has gone down the drain over the years because people are becoming mad for money.
Peter Gallia added that the Code of Conduct for Teachers is not an innovation but has been in existence for years. “Children are supposed to come out good depending on the principles of the teacher in that community” he concluded.