Kalinga teacher who went viral for hitting two students suspended by DepEd

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The Kalinga teacher who went viral in August for hitting two of her students is remorseful, said the Department of Education.

A public school teacher in Dinglayan, Kalinga is now under investigation by the Department of Education (DepEd), after going viral in August when footage circulated of her hitting two students as they were solving math problems on the board.

24 Oras reported that the teacher is the subject of a complaint for grave misconduct and has been suspended.

According to GMA News, the DepEd has received reports of abuses on their email address and hotline numbers, mostly involving corporal punishment. The resumption of face-to-face classes has made it imperative to address such issues.

Estela Cariño, DepEd regional director in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), said, "That was naman not the usual character of the teacher, kaya nga oo, kaya nga yung, nagsisisi na rin siya. Actually, humihingi rin siya ng kapatawaran sa mga parents ng mga bata."

(That was not the usual character of the teacher. She’s regretful and actually, she was asking for the parents’ forgiveness.)

"Kahit may kasalanan ‘yug teacher naiintindihan din natin kung ano ‘yung, baka may pinagdadaanan"(Although she was at fault, we understand because maybe she is having problems.)"

Earlier this month, the education agency filed charges against five teachers suspected of child sexual abuse.

DepEd Spokesperson Atty. Michael Poa said that of the seven teachers accused of sexually harassing students at Bacoor National High School (BNHS) in Cavite, five were already charged with grave misconduct and violation of the child protection policy.

Poa also said that the Schools Division Office (SDO) in Cavite and DepEd’s legal department are still gathering more evidence for the other two.

The teachers were also suspended for 90 days and if found guilty, they could face the maximum penalty of dismissal from service, per the policy set under DepEd Order No. 40.

DepEd reiterated its zero-tolerance policy for all forms of abuses perpetrated in schools.

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