Teacher Protection Act approved on final reading

Teacher Protection Act approved on 3rd reading

House Bill 9065 was unanimously approved on third reading.

"The passage of this bill into law would aid teachers in disciplining their students and properly managing their classrooms without violating child protection laws," Tinio said.

"Instilling discipline to some 60 to 70 pupils in a class without guidelines for student discipline and mechanisms for classroom management would sometimes lead to teachers being accused of violating RA 7610 or the Child Protection Act. With the passage of the Teacher Protection Act into law, there would be an institutionalization of measures governing student discipline and mechanisms for classroom management to ease the burden of public school teachers and school personnel and to establish support for their protection."

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"The passage of this bill is a huge win for teachers especially as we start another school year," Castro said. "We urge the Senate to also pass a counterpart Senate version of the bill so that it could swiftly be enacted into law. Teachers have long been clamoring for a bill that would guide them in classroom management and protect them from being accused of child abuse."

"There is a lack of institutional support in the form of standards and the permissible and effective methods of instilling discipline, guidance counselors to act as support personnel, and legal assistance and representation for our teachers. This bill seeks to amend RA 7610 insofar as any act committed by a teacher or school staff pursuant to the disciplinary rules and procedure issued by the Department of Education shall not be deemed as 'chid abuse' and to lay down institutionalized support mechanisms for teachers and school personnel in matters of classroom management and discipline," Tinio added.

"The passage of this bill into law, along with increasing salaries of teachers and decreasing their additional non-teaching workload and providing schools with adequate facilities for a conducive learning environment would provide students with better quality education," Castro added. "It is high time that the state listen to the clamor of teachers and compensate their dedication to teach the youth and serve the Filipino people."

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