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Integrity lacking at highest level—Gordon
Chairman of the Integrity Commission Ken Gordon has lamented that integrity was lacking at the highest level of society. Gordon was speaking yesterday at the launch of the third annual Do Right Champions competition held at Queen’s Hall, Port-of-Spain. Addressing students representing various primary and secondary schools, Gordon added: “It (integrity) represents a way of life which many talk about but few live.”
Touching on the issue of bullying in schools, Gordon said it was not uncommon for those who stood up for what was right to be ridiculed and even harassed by schoolmates, some of whom have found it easy to make their own rules. Saying the word integrity combines the characters of truth, character, consistency and principled behaviour, Gordon said these could not exist without strong “personal discipline.” He said the commission also intended to meet with teachers to discuss how their support could be expanded.
Regarding submissions in the 2011 competition, which took the form of short stories, poems and artwork, Gordon shared some criticism. He said the panel, which comprised retired teachers and representatives of the Ministry of Education, critiqued some 1,400 entries. “The panel reported that in some instances the students did not have a firm concept of precisely what was meant by the word integrity,” he said.
He said there was also evidence of tracing, photocopying, plagiarism and “borrowing from existing publications well beyond the students age group.” Making an appeal to parents, Gordon said: “Limit any assistance you give to your children who submit entries. Assist only with guidelines. “To go further than that would be both unfair and counterproductive for your child must be made to clearly understand that integrity is something that makes you do what is right even when there is no one watching.”
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