Code of Conduct: The Citizenship Curriculum helps our learners to work with other people, whether young or old and respect their entitlements:

PREAMBLE

For the purpose of those who are entrusted into our hands to be trained in the formation house for their future, our school system therefore accedes to the strength of the Citizenship Curriculum as the main solution to child misbehaviour and lack of concentration in school.

The curriculum opens up the knowledge of pupils responsibilities and rights as they grow. The knowledge of the above suits the children into their cultural and natural environment in totality.

We therefore urge our dear parents and guardians to help us in training our beloved children by use of this copy of children’s responsibilities and their rights for them to enjoy and appreciate themselves, their immediate environment and the outer world. To live in their total environment successfully whilst preserving and conserving it for future generations.

DEVELOPING PUPIL RESPONSIBILITY

Developing pupil responsibility is the key to making sense of many recent educational initiatives.

DEFINITION OF RESPONSIBILITY

Responsibility can be defined as the state or job of being in charge of someone or something and making sure that what is done or what happens is right or satisfactory. To act responsibly is to act in a reliable and sensible way. Developing pupil responsibility therefore, is imparting in the pupils the skills that will enable them to act in a responsible way as individuals, in the school and home communities and in the wider world.

THREE CATEGORIES OF RESPONSIBILITY

There are three main categories of responsibility i.e. Personal responsibility, responsibility in the social context and responsibility in the wider World.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Pupil’s Personal responsibility may include the following;

  1. Doing homework, assignments and class exercises willingly.
  2. Covering books and caring for them. Pupils should not expect teachers to cover books for them.
  3. Caring for other items (apart from books) such as pens, pencils, erasers, calculators etc.
  4. Setting realistic goals and making realistic timetables to accomplish these goals. Pupils should understand that personal values and beliefs could affect their decision-making. To set and achieve their goals, pupils should have high values of their career choices.
  5. Children should know why they come to school so that they don’t feel forced to do their work.
  6. Above all, pupils should be responsible for their health. They should understand that without good health, they couldn’t perform their responsibilities accordingly. A responsible child will run away from things such as alcohol, drugs, prostitution, pornography, and other undesirable habits. Children should eat food that is good for their bodies.

RESPONSIBILITY IN A SOCIAL CONTEXT

 Responsibilities in a social context include the following;

  1. Respect for other people’s property: A pupil, for instance, should get permission to use other people’s items. Responsible pupils cannot steal other pupils items.
  2. Respect and love for each other:  Pupils should know how to relate to teachers and fellow pupils in desirable ways.
  3. Respect for gender:  Pupils should realize that there is no inferior sex. Boys and girls should learn to coexist and to compete favourably in all subjects. There should be mutual competition.
  4. Sharing knowledge:  Pupils should learn to share knowledge. For instance pupils who are good in Mathematics should teach their friends in study groups and those who are good in History should do the same.
  5. Respect for authority: Pupils should keep quiet when the teacher is talking. They should remain attentive and talk only when they are given permission to talk. They should learn to follow standing orders.
  6. Etiquette: Pupils should display desirable manners at all times. For instance, pupils should learn to greet their teachers and their fellow pupils when they meet. They should learn to address their teachers by names. They should learn to use correct English Language when talking to teachers and to their fellow pupils. Abusive language should be avoided at all times.
  7. A child should make wise choices of friends. Wise choices made will enable the child to be safe from bad influences. Pupils need to be aware of peer pressure and its consequences.
  8. Pupils should be patient. They should be able to reserve judgements before making conclusions.
  9. Pupils should avoid unnecessary arguments. They should learn to abide by the consensus of the majority view.

RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WIDER WORLD AND PLACE OF WORK

  1. CHOICES AND THE WIDER WORLD: Children should learn that choices could be restricted by the wider world. For example, certain activities that could be done at home cannot be accepted at school. Restrictions may be influenced by political, religious, educational and cultural backgrounds.
  2. EXERCISING RIGHTS AND RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLES RIGHTS: Children should understand their rights and when and how to exercise them. They should know that the rights they enjoy are as a result of somebody being responsible. They should realize that other people have rights too, that need to be respected. This will enable them to get along well with others. A responsible child will have the interests of others at heart. A responsible pupil for instance will not disturb others when they are studying or learning.
  3. ABIDING BY LAWS AND RULES: A child should always abide by the law of the land and by school rules and regulations. This is a responsibility for every good pupil and citizen.
  4. INFLUENCE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY: Pupils should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the new technological gadgets such as computers, television and etceteras. They should seek wise counsel of the new technology. They should accept the parents and teachers guidance on the new technology. A responsible child will benefit positively from the new technology.

 ROOTS OF PUPIL IRRESPONSIBILITY

  1. Pupils lack appropriate values and beliefs. They therefore fail to make wise decisions.
  2. Pupils are influenced by their friends to do bad things.
  3. Failure to abide by the consensus of majority view i.e. failing to obey what the majority generally accepts.
  4. Misunderstanding of how individual behaviour can affect group dynamics. A pupil should realize for instance that careless laughing in class disturbs other pupils.
  5. A teacher can contribute to pupil irresponsible behaviour in the following ways;
    a) If the teacher does not adequately prepare his or her lessons.
    b)  If the teacher talks about irrelevant issues, e.g. talking about oneself or about movies.
    c) When the teacher favours some pupils, the others may feel neglected and therefore discouraged.
  6. Parents can contribute to pupils’ irresponsible behaviour by;
    a) Poor upbringing of their children.
    b) Interfering with the work of the teacher.
  7. In the communities we live in pupils misbehaviour comes about as a result of misunderstanding the rights to practice and maintain community values and the inability to work in groups to effect positive change.