• DepEd reiterates ‘freedom of religion’

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    THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday reiterated its policy of respecting the religious rights of students including the right of female Muslim school children to use hijab (veil) inside campuses.

    Education SecretaryArmin Luistro ordered all school divisions to protect and respect the religious rights of students through DepEd Order No. 32 series of 2013.

    Under the order, Muslim girls shall be allowed to wear appropriate clothing during Physical Education (PE) classes in accordance with their religious beliefs. Moreover, Muslim students shall not be required to participate in non-Muslim religious rites.

    “These measures are part of our continuing thrust to make education universal, inclusive, and embracing of all faith,” Luistro said.

    The Philippine Constitution guarantees the rights of citizens to freedom of religion and non-discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, creed, or color.

    While DepEd supports and promotes the right of Muslim women to wear hijab or veil, it does not compel them to wear it.

    The department however asked Muslim teachers to remove their veils inside the classroom so that students can identify them and to promote better teacher-pupil relationship. The teachers can wear ustadja (veil that covers the whole face) outside the classroom.

    Neil A. Alcober

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    1. Siguro gusto lang ng secretary na maiwasan ang pagsalisi ng ibang tao sa loob ng isang class room. Mahirap kasi kung may makasalisi, halimbawa nakaramdam ang isang teacher na magpunta ng comfort room o kaya ay sumaglit sa faculty room, na sa ganitong pangyayari ay may isang nakaabang na nagdisguise para kuhanin yung exam paper na ibibigay o ibabalik sa mga student. Ang gustong kuhanin lang ay yung pinakamataas na score para hindi mahigtan ang kaniyang anak sa klase. Maraming pangyayari na pwedeng maganap dahil hindi nga nakikita yung mukha na siyang tanging pagkikilanlanan. Sumaatin lahat ang kapayapaan at salamat.

    2. Why is that the DepEd Secretary LUISTRO asked to remove the VEIL of a MUSLIM teacher????
      How about the SISTERS in a CHRISTIAN SCHOOL who teaches students, like THE NOTRE DAME SCHOOLS???
      do the SECRETARY knows what is/are the purpose or the main reason why muslims wear VEIL??? do the DepEd secretary REALLY RESPECTS the MUSLIMS or is this a form of RELIGION DISCRIMINATION?? then WHERE is the DEMOCRACY in the PHILIPPINES???

      “The Philippine Constitution guarantees the rights of citizens to freedom of religion and non-discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, creed, or color………”

      THEN WHY???