Teacher learning: CBSE comes out manual on ethics for teachers

New Delhi, April 3: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that it was launching a unique programme called ‘A Trainer’s Manual for Educators’ Integrity and Ethics for conducting capacity building programmes for the teachers.

According to the national board’s notice, the programme will be launched in 2019-20 itself. The programme envisages the conduct of a two-day activity workshop, which has been carefully designed for teachers to probe and prod various thoughts and actions. The programme shall include topics ranging from (cognitive dissonance), Understanding Integrity, Kohlberg’s stages of moral development and A to Z of ethics.

What’s it about?

This ‘teacher learning’ programme will have training and activities, interspersed with role plays, anecdotes and approaching ethics and integrity through audiovisual media, teachers or elders as role models and creating space for integrity in classrooms, the board said in its notice.

Among a host of activities and suggestions, the manual also talks about the probable ways teachers develop a culture of integrity and includes excerpts from write ups and articles by well-known thinkers, such as the American psychologist, author, columnist and youth development expert Marilyn Price-Mitcheland.

The objective of the exercise, according to CBSE, is to create an environment in which existing practices and policies can be critically examined and students can be sensitised. The board hopes to make this a cross-cutting theme across all disciplines.

Why the programme?

The reasoning for this new and extraordinary programme comes from a very simple concept. As the notice explains, “Most of the educators recognize that the students they teach today will become the leaders of tomorrow. Academic curriculum is constantly updated to meet the increasing demands of a changing knowledge society. Yet, we pay far less attention to the habits that build ethical leaders—habits that develop during childhood and adolescence. Schools are the spaces where young people prepare for life, acquire skills for career and success.”

That exactly explains the goal the new capacity building programme for teachers is expected to address. It’s true that morals and ethics are logical, sensible principles of good conduct that are needed for civil societies, the notice explains, adding that “Ethical choices reflect objectivity between right and wrong. Values such as fairness, justice, integrity and commitment are universal and eternal.”