A Teacher’s Guide To Avoiding Punishable Offences

by Vinay Kumar

The role of a teacher in an educational institution, as per the ERP, is to take complete responsibility for teaching students about some subjects. Apart from this, here are the extra functions they perform;

  • A supervisory role is to deliver instructions in a classroom to help students figure out how to approach learning processes.
  • Conduct lessons to explain topics.
  • Assign homework, explain homework and offer feedback to improve student performance.
  • Monitor student performance and enhance the learning process using teaching strategies and productivity management methods.
  • Collaborate with staff members of the institution to uphold school ERP policies and regulations.
  • Upload recorded lectures in the LMS, maintain the learning management system features and coordinate or interact with students on the same platform if the school ERP suggests online means of education.

All the roles are not easy to perform because it requires determination and consistency. Educators put in their best to create the best learning environment that develops the intelligence of a student academically and emotionally.

However, there are some methods that teachers cannot adapt and some rules they cannot follow. In the court of law, they are considered illegal and punishable offenses up to some extent. Let’s have a look at the list of things teachers cannot do, even if the motive is positive. 

  • Invasion of student privacy

As per the school ERP, students, educators, and parents have to submit some personal information to the institution at the time of admission. this is only for maintaining records and a means of proof. Laws clearly defined that this personal information of students cannot be outed to a third party or even to a school teacher under the circumstance that the data could harm the reputation of a student, or put them in a situation of danger.

Student information handling is very important, and teachers should take extra care of their personal information in case they have accessed it. Teachers can access student data if the school management or authority permits them to if there is a legitimate reason. Outing this data is punishable by law.

  • Student supervision

Although this is not directly punishable, failing to supervise students which leads to accidents and other mishaps in a classroom is illegal. Sometimes bullying goes unnoticed in a classroom, even by friends, let alone teachers. When a teacher is aware of the bullies and the student who is being bullied, and does nothing about the situation, they are encouraging this behavior. Schools give out a detailed guide on what a child should do when they are put in an unsupervised situation threatening them.

Other instances can lead students to land up in trouble under lazy supervision, such as injury resulting from school fights, accidents in classrooms, etc.

  • Disciplining limits

Teachers adopt a lot of methods to discipline students, sometimes by punishing them and sometimes by treating them with love and kindness. Both of these methods are effective in their ways, depending on the character traits or personality of a child. A teacher cannot physically be violent towards the student to discipline them.

Parents often inquire about the reputation of a school and then switch to asking whether the teachers are strict on their disciplinary methods because they want their children to be safe from the physical and mental trauma which could be inflicted upon them in case the teachers of a school follows such methods of discipline.

  • Discrimination

We don’t like to talk about it, but discrimination is present in a lot of places and the combined effort of parents, teachers, institutions, and students has controlled such behaviors in some areas. However, there are teachers and policies which continue to discriminate against students based on their skin color, nationality, religion, and so on. All of this goes unnoticed unless the school lands up in some serious trouble because of its discriminatory policies. Even if the policies don’t define such discriminatory rules, it could be the teacher who practices it personally in their classroom. Students should be aware when something wrong is being done to them, and report it to the authorities as soon as possible.

Conclusion

Prevention is better than cure, it is good for teachers to be aware of what things and practices they cannot adapt for academic or emotional intelligence improvement of a child. Teachers should spend a lot of time reading through the policies of a school, and also the state in which they are practicing their profession to avoid any future mishaps and maintain a positive learning environment in a classroom, avoiding trouble as much as possible for the student and themselves.

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