Education law and management of teachers’ professional ethics in secondary schools in Abia state, Nigeria
Ohia Adanma Ngozi, Adieme Franca G
This study examined education law and management of teachers’ professional ethics in secondary schools in Abia State, Nigeria. Two research questions and one null hypothesis guided the study. The study adopted analytical survey research design. The population comprised all the 222 principals and 118 supervisors in the 222 public secondary schools in Abia State. A sample of 238 respondents (155 principals and 83 supervisors), which represents 70% was drawn using both proportionate stratified random sampling and simple random sampling techniques.The instrument that was used for data collection was a self-designed 15-item questionnaire entitled: “Education Law and Teachers’ Professional Ethics Questionnaire (ELTPEQ).” The questionnaire was structured after the four-point modified Likert rating scale of Strongly Agree = 4, Agree = 3, Disagree =2 and Strongly Disagree = 1, and it was duly validated by three experts in Test and Measurement. The reliability of the instrument was tested using the Cronbach’s Alpha method to establish the internal consistency of the questionnaire items, and the coefficient of 0.81 and 0.68 were obtained for the two clusters respectively. The data collected for the study were analysed using mean and standard deviation while z-test was used to test the null hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance.The findings of the study revealed, among others, that both principals and supervisors manage teachers’ professional ethics according to the guidelines of education laws, codes of conducts, work ethics, among other relevant laws, in secondary schools in Abia State. Based on the findings, the researchers recommended among others, that school managers should endeavour to organise training on teachers’ professional ethics every academic session in order to expose teachers to their legal and moral rights to their employers, students, colleagues, as well as the teaching profession.