Professional misconduct must not be tolerated

There have recently been reports of people exhibiting unethical conduct in their fields of specialization. The most recent, was the sacking of two university lectures from the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (ISAE), who were relieved of their duties after they awarded grades to students who did not deserve them.

There have recently been reports of people exhibiting unethical conduct in their fields of specialization. The most recent, was the sacking of two university lectures from the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (ISAE), who were relieved of their duties after they awarded grades to students who did not deserve them.

This attitude is very unethical, totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

It is important to note that this problem is not confined to one particular sector. We have seen judges accused of taking bribes, journalists extorting the public and, even doctors who neglect patients.

These behavior and work attitude must be condemned in the strongest terms, as they do not only promote injustice, but in some cases also put people’s lives at risk, especially for those in the medical profession.

The Ministry of Health has embarked on a campaign to sensitize medical practitioners on the imperative of professional ethics. They have also gone a step further reaching out to patients to educate them about their rights and encouraging them to report any unethical behavior.

This is undoubtedly a commendable initiative on the part of the Ministry. However, by the time our professionals complete their training and are ready to practice; they should be conversant with  the  ethical standards their professions demand.

Educational institutions should make ethics an integral part of their curriculums.

Additionally, all those found guilty of professional misconduct should be severely punished, and if it means revoking their licenses to practice, so be it.

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