SEN. Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay has filed a bill that seeks to amend Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the “Child Abuse Law,” to cover disciplinary actions of teachers so long as it is in accordance to the disciplinary rules and procedures prescribed by the Department of Education (DepEd).
In filing Senate Bill 1001, or an “Act institutionalizing support mechanisms for public school teachers in matters of student discipline,’ Binay stressed that teacher protection is just as indispensable as child protection.
She explained that teachers were also tasked in maintaining discipline in the classroom; however, problem is that they lack “institutional support in standards and the permissible and effective methods of instilling discipline, guidance counselors to serve as support personnel, and legal assistance and representation.”
The bill seeks to establish institutionalized support mechanisms for teachers and school personnel, which include training and legal assistance and representation to protect teachers and school personnel accused of committing child abuse.
For their part, DepEd shall formulate a student manual to spell out disciplinary actions to be taken against students who make malicious accusations of child abuse against teachers and school staff.
Students, parents, teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders shall each have meaningful involvement in the formulation of the guidelines and the student manual.