Ethics defines good or bad. When applied to institutions, it allows groups to determine fair and appropriate procedures of doing things. Vocational and Technical Education (VTE) is the form of education which is obtainable at Technical Colleges and designed to prepare individuals to acquire technical or practical knowledge/vocational skills, basic and scientific knowledge necessary for production. Despite imparting knowledge, Vocational Education teachers also have it as their responsibility to make sure that students develop a sound character and acceptable societal moral values. Therefore, VTE teachers should be best described as role model to the students and the society at large. The findings revealed that consequences of relegating ethical practices in Vocational Technical Education have manifested in the quality of education delivery in form of; fallen standard in vocational education, relaxed discipline in schools, quasi implementation of school curriculum, increased examination malpractice and struggle to acquire certificate at all cost. All these are at expense of quality VTE. The paper recommends among others that efforts should be geared towards: development, publication and enforcement of clear regulations and minimum benchmarks for VTE programmes; designing and implementation of quality assurance and inspectorate duties to facilitate, encourage and help teachers to professionally perform their duties; prompt identification, isolation and sanctioning of teachers, regulators and inspectors involved in unethical practices etc.
Chinedu Ochuba, Federal College of Education (T) Umunze, Anambra State, Nigeria
David Okoli, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra State, Nigeria
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