DepEd begins drafting IRR for Anti-bullying law
September 20, 2013 9:25 am
MANILA, Sept. 19 — The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Thursday that they will begin drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations(IRR) for the Anti-bullying law.
Under the law, private and public elementary and high schools are required to address cases of bullying in their schools.
“Schools that fail to impose such measures will face administrative sanctions from the DepEd,” officials said.
DepEd officials reminded teachers that the anti-bullying policy does not only apply to students but also for teachers.
“Under DepEd Order Number 40 series of 2012, teachers who humiliate students face administrative sanctions,” they added.
They also said that scolding students in front of their classmates or punishing students by standing and facing the wall are considered acts of bullying.
Sec. Armin Luistro said that the signing of the anti-bullying law on Wednesday will further enhance the existing Child Protection Policy of the department.
“Bullying and other forms of violence in schools should be viewed not just a school problem but as a societal problem as well,” he stressed. (PNA)
CTB/PAULA MARIE D. NAVARRA