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DepEd says Anti-Bullying Act covers school officials

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said that Republic Act (RA) 10627 or the “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013” would apply not only to the students who bully their fellow students but also to teachers and school officials who commit the same.

“Under DepEd Order Number 40 series of 2012, teachers who humiliate students face administrative sanctions,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.

Luistro said that the landmark piece of legislation would further enhance the DepEd’s existing Child Protection Policy which puts primacy on the well-being of children. “The anti-bullying law is a big boost in our continuing push to develop our schools into safe and caring, learner-centered institutions,” he added.

The DepEd will begin drafting the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Bullying Law in consultation with stakeholders from other sectors. Under the measure, public and private elementary and secondary schools are required to address bullying and provide a safer environment for students. “Schools that fail to impose such measures will face administrative sanctions from the DepEd,” Luistro said.

Luistro explained that under the DepEd’s current Child Protection Policy guidelines, “all public, as well as private, elementary and secondary schools should create a Child Protection Committee, composed of school officials, teachers, parents, students and community representatives.”

Considered as bullying are practices once considered by teachers as appropriate and necessary for discipline such as scolding students in front of classmates and punishing misbehaving students by requiring them to stand and face the wall.

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