Teacher in hot water over abuse, school fees

By Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Sep 17 2013 08:15 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2013 04:15 AM

CEBU – Several parents of grade 5 students in Curva Elementary School in Medellin, Cebu went to the Provincial Office of the Department of Education Tuesday morning to complain about a teacher who has allegedly been mistreating his students.

One of the parents, Elinita Enacleto, said her son who is now in grade 7 used to be a student of the accused Heremias Pino.

Enacleto said her son sustained bruises after Pino hit him twice in the back.

When Enacleto confronted Pino, the teacher said her son was peeling off the paint in their classroom wall, so he hit him and asked him to pay P50 for damages.

Dr. Arden Monisit, Department of Education Province Schools Superintendent, said corporal punishment is not accepted by their office. He said it’s better to talk to minors and let them realize their mistakes.

Another parent, Marilou Angga, said Pino has also been collecting contributions from the students.

The latest was in July when she said the students were asked to pay P15. The following week, Pino allegedly asked for P10.

Pino told students that the funds will be used for different activities for the celebration of Nutrition Month.

Monisit clarified that the DepEd does not ask for any contributions for the Nutrition Month since their office allocates funds to schools for any activities. However, there are authorized voluntary contributions, which include Red Cross, Girl Scout and Boy Scout contributions.

The parents also complained that the teacher is always absent and only goes to class about twice or thrice a week.

The parents expressed fear that their children are not getting the proper education under Pino.

Monisit said if a teacher is absent for a day, the school has to find a special teacher to fill in, making sure that no time is wasted in giving the children their lessons for the day. If a teacher is absent for a longer period, a substitute teacher should handle his or her load.

Monisit said that their office will conduct the necessary investigation to validate all the complaints raised by the parents, including the alleged use of the funds of the Parents-Teachers Association supposed to be used for school projects.

Monisit said if proven guilty of all the accusations, Pino will be terminated from service.