Students want teacher transferred-A A +A
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
AT LEAST ten students of Curva Elementary School in Medellin, Cebu sought their mayor’s help yesterday after they were allegedly punished and threatened by their teacher who was previously accused of misconduct.
Seven grade five students said they were allegedly ordered by their adviser to stand under the sun after they failed to bring their books to class.
“Mura kuno og nayawaan. Siga og puwa ang mata sa maestro (He is said to look possessed, his eyes red),” said Maria Luisa Cabahug, to whom the students first reported the incident.
Cabahug is among the 100 parents who filed a petition of transfer against the teacher last Sept. 18 for allegedly not holding classes, collecting illegal school funds and borrowing money from his students.
The three other students, who are from grade 4 and grade 6, accused the teacher of hitting them for failing to clean their classrooms.
Cabahug, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said she just arrived home after traveling to Cebu City when the students ran to her house yesterday morning.
She said the teacher had accused the students of being paid to tell lies about him so
he would be reported to the Department of Education (DepEd). Cabahug brought the students to Mayor Ricardo Ramirez and asked the mayor to call the teacher’s attention.
“Ganahan ang mga estudyante nga ipabalhin siya kay kuyawan na sila (The students want the teacher transferred),” Cabahug said.
Abuse of authority
Earlier, Ramirez sent a letter to DepEd asking him to impose disciplinary action on the teacher for alleged abuse of authority and that people like him should not be
allowed to serve the public.
Ramirez yesterday called the district supervisor of Medellin to speed up the transfer of the teacher, Cabahug said.
Cabahug, who was once a teacher, said the teacher owes her more than P40,000 for seven years now.
Last week, a complaint was lodged against the teacher in the office of Dr. Arden Monisit, Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu Province Division superintendent.
The members of the school’s Parents-Teachers Conference Association (PTCA) said that in March 2010, the teacher collected money from parents to fund the school’s closing activities but failed to remit the amount.
The parents also said his students no longer want to attend his class because he allegedly does not teach them any lesson.
He allegedly lets them sleep in class and he also allegedly only shows up three times a week.
The parents included the complaint of tricycle drivers and habal-habal drivers against the teacher for allegedly paying them less than the minimum fare.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 24, 2013.