CHR to DepEd, uphold constitutional duty

September 10, 2022

The Commission of Human Rights (CHR) urge the Department of Education (DepEd) to continue to perform its constitutional duty to inculcate love of humanity and respect for human rights, among others.

This is after CHR received the information of alleged incident of students abuse in Kalinga, which is under DepEd investigation.

The regional office of the CHR in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) condemned the alleged child abuse and corporal punishment experienced by two elementary students in Kalinga.

A video circulating online shows a few students in front of the class trying to solve mathematical problems on the board.

Two of the students seem to be struggling in the exercise, appearing frustrated, the teacher went behind the students and forcefully hit the students’ backs and pinched their ears.

“Abuse of and violence against children learners should stop and never be tolerated as forms of teaching and discipline in schools,” according to Atty. Romel Daguimo, Regional Director of CHR CAR.

The DepEd of Kalinga, on Wednesday has since issued a statement saying that they does not tolerate any form of abuse toward children.

Similarly, DepEd Kalinga reports conducting an investigation on the incident following an order from their CAR regional office.

“In these lines, DepEd Kalinga reminds teachers and non-teaching personnel to subject their words and actions to the highest ethical and professional standards at all times.

DepEd Kalinga also notes that the incident was recorded in April 2022 in a school in Tinglayan, Kalinga.

The two students seen in the video were then in Grade 5 and are now in Grade 6.

It was only this August 2022 that the video was uploaded until it became viral the following month.


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