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CHR alarmed over teacher physically, verbally abusing 3 students in Pampanga

May 24, 2024 Arlene Rivera 126 views

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed its deep concern over the recent incident involving a Grade 9 teacher in Lubao, Pampanga who allegedly committed physical and verbal abuse against three students.

The distressing event was captured on video and has since circulated widely.

As Ombudsman for Children, CHR emphasized that schools must be sanctuaries of learning and safety for children. Abuse of any kind–whether it be verbal, physical, or emotional–compromises children’s basic rights and sense of dignity.

The CHR said such behaviors can damage the educational environment designed to foster and grow young minds and may cause lasting psychological harm.

It said the alleged actions of the teacher contravene Section 3 (b)(2) of Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.

The law explicitly defines child abuse to include acts that debase, degrade, or demean a child’s intrinsic worth and dignity.

According to the CHR, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Child Protection Policy is advocating positive and non-violent disciplinary measures and emphasizing the respect and defense of children’s rights.

Further, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its guiding principles, which underscores the right to an education, in a setting that upholds and protects the child’s dignity.

CHR acknowledged the response by the DepEd and the Lubao Municipal Police.

The case is under thorough investigation by the DepEd Regional Office and the Pampanga Division Office is also initiating an inquiry into the matter.

According to the CHR, it will closely monitor the charges filed against the accused teacher pursuant to RA 7610.

The Commission reiterates the importance of continuous proactive efforts to ensure that schools remain safe and nurturing spaces for students.

The CHR added that educational institutions are expected to consistently uphold the highest standards of child protection.

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