Stop the Tyranny in our Schools!

23 07 2011

STOP THE TYRANNY IN OUR SCHOOLS!

Statement of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines on the Rizal Comprehensive National High School – Palawan Issue

 

Educational institutions must serve as cultural and political centers that breed generations of democratic young people to serve as a cogent and potent force for nation building.  The opposite is true for our schools wherein processes of democracy are replaced by the culture of tyranny and despotism.

The case of a graduating student from Roxas National Comprehensive High School (RNCHS) in Palawan is shown in a video where he was “punished” by his teacher by making him walk on his knees.  He was also instructed to kiss the ground as “punishment” for allegedly hitting his teacher during a class (see news link: http://j.mp/o43Gut).

The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP), the largest and broadest national formation of student councils and student political parties present in 60 cities nationwide, STRONGLY CONDEMNS this act of tyranny and child abuse.

The punishment enabled by the teacher does not aim to correct the student but shows the undemocratic and unfair practice that can emanate from our schools.  The “punishment” is a full disregard of the due process that is a right of every person.  The Palawan-based teacher has taken the law into his own hands and has employed no less than violence and abuse.

SCAP urges the Department of Education to take a more proactive stance in ensuring that reparations towards the student-victim are made.  The abuse done to the concerned student will have repercussions on his well-being.  DepEd’s mandate to take the education sector under its wing should re-echo in its conviction to go beyond investigation.  Together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, DepEd should ensure that no similar incident happens in other schools.

SCAP also urges the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to take the issue as an assault against the rights of students and children and to protect the youth from abusive political players within education institutions.  In this line, we affirm our belief that a national policy that protects students’ rights and welfare is long overdue.

 

For the Alliance,

 

GIO TINGSON

National Chairperson

 

GIBBY GORRES

National Secretary-General

 

LEANNE TORRATO

National Secretariat

 

NIKKI JANE ISLA

Chairperson for Luzon

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7 05 2012
TO THE FILIPINO YOUTH WHO MUST BE CONCERNED by Fearlessblogging.com « isyungpnu

[…] where she works closely and hand-in-hand with Commissioner Tingson  in the executive committee (https://scapnational.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/stop-the-tyranny-in-our-schools/)  & Akbayan Youth  (http://akbayanyouth.wordpress.com/about-akbayan-youth/), while some of […]

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