Teachers have the right to due process, according to the statement of the Department of Education (Deped) regarding the Tulfo issue.
Deped said the latest confrontation on the radio show of broadcaster Raffy Tulfo involving a teacher and a student’s guardians was a “move for on-the-spot compromise”.
During the episode, Tulfo discussed the complaint of a grandmother about a teacher who ‘mistreated’ her grandson after he allegedly failed to submit his report card.
A video footage shows the teacher sending the student out of the classroom to sit on a chair at the corridor. Tulfo gave the teacher two choices: resign from her office or face criminal charges against her. The teacher decided to resign which caused backlash from netizens.
“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,” the statement reads.
Deped also said that incidents of child abuse are not subject to compromise because the department “endeavors to provide proper forum to discuss the facts and issues that will resolve conflicts and concerns in a fair and humane manner.”
The regional and division offices of the education department is currently conducting an investigation on the incident. They also plan to conduct a dialogue with the media regarding handling issues involving teachers, students, and schools.
“We need the cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders to maintain and promote trust, respect and dignity of all learners, teachers, and administrators of schools,” according to Deped.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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