The Department of Education has released its official statement on the teacher-learner incident which became viral on the internet in the past few days. DepEd emphasized that there are certain laws and policies apply to students and teachers and that the department is making sure that both sides will be treated properly in accordance with the policies and processes that already exist at all levels of governance of DepEd which include the schools, Divisions, Regions, and the Central Office.
There are laws and policies that apply to students and teachers. DepEd takes care to ensure that both the learner and the teacher are treated with dignity and respect through policies and processes already existing at all levels of governance of DepEd (the schools, Regions, Divisions, and Central Office).
In the said statement, DepEd also noted that the teacher is entitled to a due process that was not given to her during the November 18 episode of Raffy Tulfo in Action where she was urged by Mr. Tulfo to give up her job in exchange for the non-filing of complaints against her. DepEd also added that the teacher’s early resignation from her career as a teacher will have a serious impact on her person and her family.
It appears that what transpired in the program was a move for on-the-spot compromise: the resignation of the teacher in exchange for the non-filing of complaints against her. In the DepEd Child Protection Policy, incidents of child abuse are not subject to compromise. On the other hand, teachers are entitled to due process, which was not given to her during the program, especially since resignation from her job earlier than her intended retirement will have serious impact on her person and family.
DepEd also stated that the teachers serve as a second parent to the learners and that the latter’s right against bullying and child abuse are also strongly protected. However, DepEd also added that the teachers exercise substitute parental authority to children at school and that part of their supervision over the child while they are at school include disciplining while maintaining their dignity and safety.
Schools are second home to learners, while teachers are their second parents. We entrust our children to the institution and teachers. In addition to the right of children to education, their rights against bullying and child abuse are also strongly protected. On the other hand, teachers exercise substitute parental authority while children are in school. They are expected to exercise reasonable supervision over the conduct of the child, including disciplining them as part of their upbringing, while maintaining their dignity and safety.
The said statement released by the DepEd addresses the recently viral episode of the Raffy Tulfo in Action on November 18, 2019, where a 47-year-old grandmother complained about a teacher who asked her grandson to step out of the classroom after his grandson failed to return his report card on time. The teacher, on the other hand, admitted her fault and apologized. She also explained that she just meant to teach the pupil a lesson on discipline.
People on social media were quick to react on the said episode and apparently, Mr. Raffy Tulfo received a lot of backlash after thousands of netizens criticized him and his show for urging the teacher to give up her job.
“Ikaw na kusa magresign sa iyong trabaho at maging sa PRC (Professional Regulation Commission), ilalakad namin at sasangayunan mo na ikaw ay matanggalan ng license o ilaban mo sa korte,” Tulfo told the teacher.
Meanwhile, the teacher received overflowing support both from fellow teachers, teacher organizations, lawyers, and thousands of netizens who felt that she was put on trial by publicity and that it was too unfair for her to be forced to resign over the said incident.
DepEd, on the other hand, assured that the case is being handled by the DepEd regional and division offices through proper procedures according to applicable laws and policies such as Child Protection Law and Magna Carta for Teachers.
To read DepEd’s Official statement, please head over their official website by visiting this link.