Work Ethics for Lecturers: An Example of Nairobi and Kenyatta Universities
Ongong’a, Jude Julius
Akaranga, Stephen Ifedha
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Universities as institutions of higher learning have organizational vision based on and consistent with their core values. Values are what people judge to be right and acceptable. They are moral, ethical and professional attributes of character. For the University Lecturers, they are central ingredient guidelines to teaching profession or social work place ethics. This is because academic profession unlike other public professions carries special responsibilities that are subject to public supervision and critique. The primary duty of University Lecturers is to seek and state the truth and exhibit self discipline while transmitting knowledge. At the University, Lecturers do not only encourage their students to pursue education, but also uphold before them the best academic and ethical standards of their disciplines. They are expected to demonstrate respect for students, conduct and ensure that the evaluation of students is genuine without discriminatory treatment, exploitation and sexual harassment often reported in the media. It is ethically important to distinguish between ideologies and personalization whether among staff or between students and lecturers. The latter need to uphold free academic inquiry and tolerate differences of opinions without personalization. This paper therefore posed four questions: What qualities and habits are necessary for a University Lecturer? What are the causes of unethical behaviour? Which attributes facilitate ethical decisions? What ethical responses are essential for a University Lecturer? To contextualize the discussion, we employed a systematic stratified technique. Questionnaires were designed and administered to two hundred (200) respondents from the selected universities respectively.