Senator pushes Protection for Teachers from False, Malicious Accusation
Senator Leila de Lima filed a bill that seeks to protect teachers and other school personnel against false and malicious accusations which could destroy their reputation.
De Lima filed Senate Bill 2477 or the proposed Classroom Management Support and Protection for Teachers Act, that aims to institutionalize support mechanisms for public school teachers and school personnel who drew flak while imposing student discipline and mechanisms for classroom management.
“With the advent of technology and social media, teachers, along with other school personnel, have become vulnerable to attacks and malicious and false accusations,” De Lima said.
“While the protection of children must always be upheld, the scales of justice also dictate that teachers and school personnel must be clothed with the same mantle of protection,” she added.
De Lima said SB 2477 aims to prevent incidents where teachers are punished or forced to quit their job and standing in the community without the benefit of due process.
“We can no longer allow our teachers to be subjected to similar attacks that threaten their role in raising the youth of this nation,” she said.
Under the measure, the Department of Education will create guidelines for classroom management for teachers and school personnel.
The DepEd is also mandated to give teachers the appropriate pre-service and in-service training on child behavior and psychology, classroom management techniques, positive discipline and other related fields.