Ethics and Laws and Impact on Education



Ethics and Laws and Impact on Education

Ethics are defined as the agreed code of conduct of certain individuals (MUN, n.d). However, there are certain codes of conduct that have been entrenched in the laws governing the profession. They may be found in the different statutes and guidebooks. Therefore, the laws can be seen to reiterate the needs for the students. These principles will always govern the manner in which the teachers conduct their duties. For instance, a teacher has a duty of care to their students. In any case they act to the contrary, they are liable for punishment for negligence or recklessness (MUN, n.d). The duty of care is so entrenched that the teachers are in most cases described to be in loco parents whenever the students are in their care( Paragraph 6 on Legal and Moral Relationship).

In addition, the teachers are always tasked to come up with ways of teaching that will ensure that the student gets the most. The teacher ethics provides that they are to formulate modes of teaching that meet student needs. However, they must adhere to the rules governing the process (Bon, 2012, pg 290 and 291). These include, how to teach and interact with the students. Issues such as corporal punishment in order to help in disciplining the student is illegal. This bars the educator from using such strategies.Ethics and Laws and Impact on Education

Lastly, the law has tried to foster the teacher student relationships. These include factors such as allowing the teacher to carry out warrantless searches and reporting any sign of child abuse when they spot them (MUN, n.d) Par 11 on Child Abuse. Ethics provides that the teacher is supposed to work for the best interest of the child. The 1998 Supreme Court ruling reiterated this position and allowed teachers to do whatever it takes to protect their students.

Conclusively, it is evident that education ethics are intertwined and teachers are supposed to adhere to them to the latter.


Bon, S. C. (2012). Examining the crossroads of law, ethics, and education leadership. Journal of School Leadership22(2), 285-308.

MUN. (n.d). Teachers and the Law. Retrieved from MUN: