Abusive prof in video axed

The irate professor shown in a video that has recently gone viral online had been removed from his post, an education official said.
 
Narciso Varona, who was seen berating and even hitting students, no longer teaches in the Pasay branch of Montessori Professional College International Dec. 22, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Public Information Director Marta Hernandez said.
 
"TESDA visited the site earlier this morning and found out that the school has already acted on the students' complaints," she said in a phone interview Wednesday.

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The video entitled "Abusadong professor, violente at high blood" (sic), posted in YouTube Monday, showed Varona particularly venting anger at a female student who defended herself while crying.
 
The TESDA-registered school has dismissed Varona, who teaches personality development, after complaints reached officials, Hernandez told Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

Interviewed by ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda, the student who took the video said Varona got mad after seeing his students taking an exam for another subject during his class, even if he had earlier announced that they will not meet for the day.


The video made rounds in social networks, prompting wide calls for an investigation on the incident by school authorities and education regulatory bodies.

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) said the video showed "a classic case or situation of aggressor versus victim" inside the classroom.
 
"[G]rave abuse of authority, violence, and all forms of feudal and fascistic power relations necessitate discipline," NUSP said in a statement posted on its website.
 
The incident has meanwhile prompted TESDA to evaluate the school's compliance with government standards, including rules on qualification of teachers and curriculum.

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"This is the first time that we received a complaint about an abusive behavior of a teacher in a TESDA course," Hernandez said, adding that strong social media response has pushed the issue to the fore.
 
While noting that the Magna Carta for Teachers identifies proper behavior especially in handling students, Hernandez said the incident underlines the need for more operationalized guidelines.
 
"[TESDA Director-General Joel Villanueva] has mentioned that we will be drafting a code of ethics specifically for teachers in technical-vocational programs," Hernandez said.

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