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CHAPTER ONEINTRODUCTIONIn this chapter, the researcher presents the background to the study, statement of theproblem, scope of the study, purpose of the study, significance of the study, researchquestions and hypotheses.Background to the studyThe word “Ethics” is derived from the Greek word, ‘ethos’. To the ancient Greek, it wasmore concerned with social norms. It was an instrument to classify behaviours and it wasused to accord rightness or otherwise to what is done or what is left undone. Basically,ethics is concerned with what is right or wrong. Campbell (2010) defined it as the scienceof conduct. It consists of the fundamental rules or principles according to whichbehaviours are predicted.As a generic term, ethics contain the guidelines for the formulation of laws, regulationsand rules. In modern times, values or norms that are taken for granted are translated intoethics (Campbell, 2013). Work ethics as a matter of fact, is an expression oforganizational discipline. It is an attempt to manage human resources to conform to thenorms and values prevalent in a vocation, profession or work setting.In a school setting, ethics is a terminology that represents work attitude and discipline. Itcomprises behavioural specifications and institutional norms that form the collegiality of
the school (Falloma and Canruff, 2013). One major concept of ethics is “moral mazemanagement.” It defines the challenges professionals and managers deal with on dailybasis. It could be defined as conflicts of interests, wrong use of resources, informationmismanagement and sometimes role ambiguity (Ruiteuberg, 2015).The emergence of teaching ethics is a corollary to institutional discipline. It is theobservation of ethics in every school that makes it a learning environment. It connotes thediscipline in human resource management that helps to achieve or realize educationaltargets or objectives (Haidt and Kesebir, 2010). This accounts for why academicand extra-academic institutions organize staff training specifically on teaching ethics,roles of ethics, codes of ethics, policies and procedures that are used to resolvemanagerial and work dilemma (Mathony, 2009).Teaching ethics can be defined as the process of prioritizing professional conducts andmoral values in a school. Its purpose according to Walther (2013) is to ensure thatteachers’ behaviours are aligned with those values management and the entire schoolhave agreed to accept. Any behaviour therefore, from a teacher that appears strange orconsidered contrary to what is accepted in a particular school is regarded as unethical.This presupposes that ethics are not only overtly stated by the ministry or the professionalbody,the meaning is also stretched to accommodate anything agreed within an industryor work place as acceptable (Warnick, 2011).

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