Sunday, August 19, 2018

Administrators who burned bags of students face possible punishment



Videos and photos have recently gone viral over the internet, of school teachers in a private school in Bicol started burning the bags of their students who did not comply with the “no bag” policy they implemented.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones / Photo from CNN Philippines

Education Secretary Leonor Briones assured parents and the students that and investigation is being made and that those found guilty will be properly punished.

Briones said that she is waiting for the thorough and complete report of Regional Director of Region 5, Gilbert Sadsad who will go to the school himself to make his own personal investigation into the matter.
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“In the meantime, I am waiting for the report. We have regulation at present, we have a policy against psychological as well physical punishment of children because they will be traumatized,” she explained.

Briones adds that the possible sanctions these administrators might face, especially if it was the principal who triggered the incident, is that the license of the school to operate might be cancelled, or that the financial assistance being given to the school may be cancelled if it is found that they are under the Educational Service Contracting scheme.

She adds that this type of behavior from administrators can be in violation  of anti-bullying by teachers or school officials.
Screengrab from Twitter

While waiting for the official reports of the incident, Briones assured the students and their parents that DepEd will thoroughly look into this.

We want to assure parents that we will act justly and we will act fairly so we are getting the information,” Briones said. “For the students, we don’t know yet how many are affected,” she added.

We are looking at right now, what sanctions that can be imposed on the school in case we see that there’s truth [to the incident] and evidence that what they did was contrary to our policy in education and the treatment of our learners,” Briones said.

The students were identified to be from Bicol Central Academy in Libmanan, Camarines Sur and the video that went viral, was allegedly that of Earl Vincent Canaveral, an alumnus of the school. In the video, it was allegedly the school’s head Alexander James Jaucian that started burning the bags of the students and calling them stupid.

According to Canaveral, the “no-bag” policy happened during “Tasumaki Day” where students were required to wear formal attire and advised to bring small bags. However, there were some students who brought in big bags in order to put their change of clothes but the teacher did not like it and started burning the bags.

Watch the video below: