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CODE OF ETHICS FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS
Pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (e), Article 11, of R.A. No. 7836,otherwise known as the Philippine Teachers Professionalization Act of 1994 andparagraph (a), section 6, P.D. No. 223, as amended, the Board for ProfessionalTeachers hereby adopt the Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers.
Teachers are duly licensed professionals who possesses dignity and reputation withhigh moral values as well as technical and professional competence in the practiceof their noble profession, and they strictly adhere to, observe, and practice thisset of ethical and moral principles, standards, and values.
Article I: Scope and Limitations
Section 1. The Philippine Constitution provides that all educational institutionshall offer quality education for all competent teachers. Committed to its fullrealization, the provision of this Code shall apply, therefore, to all teachers inschools in the Philippines.
Section 2. This Code covers all public and private school teachers in alleducational institutions at the preschool, primary, elementary, and secondarylevels whether academic, vocational, special, technical, or non-formal. The term“teacher” shall include industrial arts or vocational teachers and all otherpersons performing supervisory and /or administrative functions in all school atthe aforesaid levels, whether on full time or part-time basis.
Article II: The Teacher and the State
Section 1. The schools are the nurseries of the future citizens of the state; eachteacher is a trustee of the cultural and educational heritage of the nation and isunder obligation to transmit to learners such heritage as well as to elevatenational morality, promote national pride, cultivate love of country, instillallegiance to the constitution and for all duly constituted authorities, andpromote obedience to the laws of the state.
Section 2. Every teacher or school official shall actively help carry out thedeclared policies of the state, and shall take an oath to this effect.
Section 3. In the interest of the State and of the Filipino people as much as ofhis own, every teacher shall be physically, mentally and morally fit.
Section 4. Every teacher shall possess and actualize a full commitment anddevotion to duty.
Section 5. A teacher shall not engage in the promotion of any political,religious, or other partisan interest, and shall not, directly or indirectly,solicit, require, collect, or receive any money or service or other valuablematerial from any person or entity for such purposes.
Section 6. Every teacher shall vote and shall exercise all other constitutionalrights and responsibility.
Section 7. A teacher shall not use his position or official authority or influenceto coerce any other person to follow any political course of action.
Section 8. Every teacher shall enjoy academic freedom and shall have privilege ofexpounding the product of his researches and investigations; provided that, if theresults are inimical to the declared policies of the State, they shall be broughtto the proper authorities for appropriate remedial action.
Article III: The Teacher and the Community
Section 1. A teacher is a facilitator of learning and of the development of theyouth; he shall, therefore, render the best service by providing an environmentconducive to such learning and growth.
Section 2. Every teacher shall provide leadership and initiative to activelyparticipate in community movements for moral, social, educational, economic andcivic betterment.
Section 3. Every teacher shall merit reasonable social recognition for whichpurpose he shall behave with honor and dignity at all times and refrain from suchactivities as gambling, smoking, drunkenness, and other excesses, much lessillicit relations.
Section 4. Every teacher shall live for and with the community and shall,therefore, study and understand local customs and traditions in order to havesympathetic attitude, therefore, refrain from disparaging the community.
Section 5. Every teacher shall help the school keep the people in the communityinformed about the school’s work and accomplishments as well as its needs andproblems.
Section 6. Every teacher is intellectual leader in the community, especially inthe barangay, and shall welcome the opportunity to provide such leadership whenneeded, to extend counseling services, as appropriate, and to actively be involvedin matters affecting the welfare of the people.
Section 7. Every teacher shall maintain harmonious and pleasant personal andofficial relations with other professionals, with government officials, and withthe people, individually or collectively.Section 8. A teacher posses freedom to attend church and worships as appropriate,but shall not use his positions and influence to proselyte others.
Article IV: A Teacher and the Profession
Section 1. Every teacher shall actively insure that teaching is the noblestprofession, and shall manifest genuine enthusiasm and pride in teaching as a noblecalling.
Section 2. Every teacher shall uphold the highest possible standards of qualityeducation, shall make the best preparations for the career of teaching, and shallbe at his best at all times and in the practice of his profession.
Section 3. Every teacher shall participate in the Continuing ProfessionalEducation (CPE) program of the Professional Regulation Commission, and shallpursue such other studies as will improve his efficiency, enhance the prestige of the profession, and strengthen his competence, virtues, and productivity in orderto be nationally and internationally competitive.
Section 4. Every teacher shall help, if duly authorized, to seek support from theschool, but shall not make improper misrepresentations through personaladvertisements and other questionable means.
Section 5. Every teacher shall use the teaching profession in a manner that makesit dignified means for earning a descent living.
Article V: The Teachers and the Profession
Section 1. Teachers shall, at all times, be imbued with the spirit of professionalloyalty, mutual confidence, and faith in one another, self-sacrifice for thecommon good, and full cooperation with colleagues. When the best interest of thelearners, the school, or the profession is at stake in any controversy, teachersshall support one another.
Section 2. A teacher is not entitled to claim credit or work not of his own, andshall give due credit for the work of others which he may use.
Section 3. Before leaving his position, a teacher shall organize for whoeverassumes the position such records and other data as are necessary to carry on thework.
Section 4. A teacher shall hold inviolate all confidential information concerningassociates and the school, and shall not divulge to anyone documents which has notbeen officially released, or remove records from files without permission.
Section 5. It shall be the responsibility of every teacher to seek correctives forwhat may appear to be an unprofessional and unethical conduct of any associate.However, this may be done only if there is incontrovertible evidence for suchconduct.
Section 6. A teacher may submit to the proper authorities any justifiablecriticism against an associate, preferably in writing, without violating the rightof the individual concerned.
Section 7. A teacher may apply for a vacant position for which he is qualified;provided that he respects the system of selection on the basis of merit andcompetence; provided, further, that all qualified candidates are given theopportunity to be considered.
Article VI: The Teacher and Higher Authorities in the Profession
Section 1. Every teacher shall make it his duty to make an honest effort tounderstand and support the legitimate policies of the school and theadministration regardless of personal feeling or private opinion and shallfaithfully carry them out.
Section 2. A teacher shall not make any false accusations or charges againstsuperiors, especially under anonymity. However, if there are valid charges, heshould present such under oath to competent authority.
Section 3. A teacher shall transact all official business through channels exceptwhen special conditions warrant a different procedure, such as when special.