"Hold Tulfo Liable for Harassment!" -Alliance of Concerned Teachers

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers | Photo credit to ACT Facebook page
Following Teacher Melita Limjuco's case that went viral on social media after television host Raffy Tulfo castigated her for assertedly punishing a Grade 2 student by sending the latter out of the classroom, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines is now condemning Tulfo's alleged har@ssment and teacher-shaming of Limjuco.

Although Mr. Tulfo has already apologized to teachers and netizens for 'mishandling the issue', still, ACT wants the TV host to be administratively and legally held liable for his actions.

Teacher Melita Limjuco | Photo credit to the owner
According to the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, the trial by publicity that was put in motion by Raffy Tulfo against Limjuco was unfair, malicious and injudicious that actually precluded the teacher from claiming her entitlement to fair treatment and caused her injustice.

With this supposed unfair treatment to teachers, the alliance then, calls for adequate institutional and governmental support to be provided for teachers' performance of their role in student discipline and classroom management.

Photo credit to Raffy Tulfo in Action
Likewise, they too is requesting to have enabling environment and mechanisms for positive discipline, and pass the Teacher Protection Act.

Read their full statement below:

"Hold Tulfo liable for har@ssment!

Create enabling environment and mechanisms for positive discipline! – ACT

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines condemn Mr. Raffy Tulfo’s har@ssment and bu!lying of public school teacher Melita Limjuco during a segment of Raffy Tulfo in Action, which aired last November 21. The trial by publicity launched against Ms. Limjuco was unfair, malicious, and injudicious. It denied her of her right to due process and caused her injustice—something that Mr. Tulfo has not0riously done in his show by acting as judge in all sorts of disputes despite his lack of knowledge and training on the matters at hand, then delivering ‘Tulfo justice’ based only on his whims. As such, we demand that Mr. Tulfo be administratively and legally held to account for his actions.

The mechanisms in handling complaints of child abuse in schools, however, is also not without faults. More specifically, abus3 and discipline are so vaguely delineated that it leaves all concerned parties vulnerable to mishandling at best, injustice at worst. Such creates friction instead of unity between parents and teachers who share in having the child’s best interest in mind.

As second parents, teachers recognize and do their best in performing their responsibility to instill discipline among the hundreds of students they handle every school year and in ensuring that their environment is safe and conducive for learning. However, this duty should not be shouldered by individual teachers but by the entire institution to which we belong. Therefore, instilling discipline merits institutional support and accountability. At present, teachers’ only official reference is the Department of Education’s PDET or Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching, which is good in theory but the realities in school make it difficult for teachers to put this into practice. The 1:60 teacher-student ratio alone makes for a great challenge in ensuring that every child’s need is provided, not to mention the tens of other tasks shouldered by teachers due to shortages in staff and other school resources.

It is therefore imperative that sufficient institutional and governmental support be provided for teachers’ performance of their role in student discipline and classroom management, concretely:

1. Reduce regular class size to no more than 35 so that teachers can effectively teach academics and instill proper values to students;

2. Hire full time guidance counsellor at the schools level, following the recommended ratio of one per 200 students in public elementary and high schools;

3. Come up with a positive discipline handbook that is relevant and appropriate in the current public school setting, and will go through a consultative process with teachers; and

4. Pass House Bill 220 or the Teacher Protection Act."

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