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  1. Expectations from a teacher
  2. Professional misconducts of teachers
    1. Absence from school and classes
    2. Lateness to school and classes
    3. Corruption/extortion of money from pupils/students
    4. Immoral relationship with female pupils/students
    5. Involvement in examination malpractices
    6. Non-keeping of/inappropriate keeping of records
    7. Engagement in business activities within and outside school
    8. Sending pupils/students on errand(s)
    9. Drinking and smoking
  3. Consequences of teachers' misconducts
    1. Cancellation of results of pupils/students
    2. Loss to parents
    3. Reduction in the value of certificates
    4. Non recognition of certificates
    5. Poor learning by pupils/students
    6. Increased vices in the society
    7. Withdrawal/dropout of pupils/students from school
    8. Reduction in teachers' image
  4. The way out
    1. Thorough screening of candidates being recruited into teaching
    2. Alleviating poverty of teachers
    3. Orientation of teachers
    4. Provision of teachers manual for teachers
    5. Enforcing discipline among teachers
    6. Motivation of teachers
    7. Regular supervision and monitoring of teachers

Teaching is regarded as a noble career just as teachers are considered as role models to pupils and students. These days, a lot of professional misconducts could be noticed among teachers. Many teachers are now disillusioned, lazy, uncommitted, and unpatriotic. This paper is an examination of the misconducts observable among teachers, such as: immoral relationship with female pupils/students, involvement in examination malpractices, extortion of money from pupils/students, poor records keeping, involvement in commercial activities within and outside school, which have eroded the confidence reposed in them by government, parents, and other education stakeholders. To redeem the lost confidence, re-orientation of teachers, improvement in their conditions of service, among other measures, are recommended.

[...] 128-143 Famade A.O. (2001). Sociological foundations of education. Lagos, Nigeria: Pumack Nigeria Lassa, P. (1998).Teacher Production: A focus on Nigeria. In UNESCO (Ed).The state of education in Nigeria. Lagos, Nigeria: NESCO Regional Office. Jem, T.N. (1996).Moral Discipline, absenteeism and staff turnover vis a vis leadership in schools and colleges. Journal of All Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, 4(2)1-13 Nana, E. [...]

[...] Problems of Integrating Continuous Assessment Scores into Examination Scores for the Purpose of Certification. Paper presented during a Workshop Organized by Ministry of Education for Teachers of Primary and Secondary Schools in Ondo State Olamousi, O.A. (1998). Enhancing Discipline in the Conduct of Examination: A Challenge to Principals and Teachers. Paper presented at a seminar organized by the Ministry of Education & Youth development of Ekiti State, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary of English (6th edition). [...]

[...] The kind of teachers trained and posted to schools may determine what the next generation would be. Expectations from a Teacher There is a saying that ?where there is no law, there will be no sin'. In any organization, there are ethics for guiding the behaviour/conduct of members. Violation of such ethics by any member will attract sanction. Ethics thus serves as ?checks and balances' in an organization. Like other professions, teachers are expected to observe certain rules and regulations, to keep them above board and discharge their duties conscientiously in such a way that the society, parents, and students will regard them as role models. [...]

[...] All these make pupils/students involved to miss lessons and likely contribute to their poor academic performance in schools Drinking and Smoking A teacher is expected to stay in school to perform his/her duties conscientiously within the school period. After closing hour, a teacher has the right to enjoy himself/herself in a way he/she feels convenient. It can however be observed that some teachers, particularly those in the rural areas, do drink alcohol and smoke during official school period thus sending wrong signal to pupils/students who look up to them as role models. Many pupils/students also imbibe this habit after graduation to become alcohol and drug addicts in the society. [...]

[...] - Administer corporal punishments on pupils/students, in accordance to the prevailing rules and regulations. - Not misappropriating funds, take bribe or engage in corruption. - Not absenting himself/herself from school without express permission of the head. Not revealing examination questions (be it internal or external) to anyone prior to the conduct of such examinations. - Be fair to all pupils/students in the marking of examination scripts. - Avoid condoning or conniving at examination malpractices - Avoid having carnal knowledge of any person knows to be a pupil/student of a school or be involved in any indecent relationship with such person. [...]

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