- “There is a proper forum to discuss the issues,” DepEd reacts to how journalist Raffy Tulfo’s actions
- DepEd maintains that all of the stakeholder’s dignity and trust must be maintained
- This issue was brought about with a recent episode of Raffy Tulfo in Action where he persuaded a teacher for her license to be willingly revoked
It seems like the Department of Education, or DepEd, is not overall pleased on how journalist Raffy Tulfo pressured a teacher to quit her job. According to them, there is are proper channels and procedures to go about such issues.
“There is proper forum to discuss issues that will resolve and improve these said concerns,” the DepEd said in a statement released Saturday.
In one of the latest episodes of “Raffy Tulfo in Action,” a grandmother and two parents went on the program to complain about a teacher who was allegedly maltreating their child.
In a CCTV footage shown, a teacher identified as Melita Limjuco seen forcing the Grade 2 student to sit outside the classroom as punishment for not bringing his report card. The student, who sat outside for the whole period, eventually drew attention from passersby – parents and fellow students alike – which their grandmother insisted must have been humiliating for her grandson.
Tulfo then asked the teacher over a phone call, aired on the program, if she would rather have the issue brought to court, or agree to have her license revoked.
“Iyon na lang pong desisyon ng father at mother (I’ll go with the father and mother’s decision),” the teacher responded.
The host got major backlash and the ire of netizens as he pressured a teacher. The fact that this was caught and aired on his show fueled the fire.
DepEd urges to maintain the dignity and trust of all stakeholders
“We need cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders to maintain trust, respect, and dignity of all learners, teachers, and administrators of schools.”
The concerned department also urged the public not to spread photos of the involved student and teacher, as well as several of the videos of the incident as this will have a “further impact on them and their families.”
The DepEd also added that in issues such as these, it shall “take care and protect both the learner and teacher through due process which is already existing at all levels of governance.”
“Matters like this are governed by law, policies, and procedures which are accordingly complied with. These laws and policies oblige DepEd not to divulge details of the investigation,” the department said.
DepEd also assured the public that the case is already being handled by both the regional and division offices through proper procedures.
For its closing statement, the department reiterated that schools are to be treated as second homes to students, while the teachers serve as their second parents.