Being the disciplining officer in the Region, Dir. San Antonio cited that 1221 complaints from the component divisions were filed in his office in 2014. The cases were about the violation of the No Collection Policy, non-remittance of GSP, BSP and Red Cross contributions, lack of transparency in the utilization of MOOE fund and other funds, inability to pay just debt, child abuse complaints and conduct unbecoming of a professional teacher.
RD San Antonio said that almost 70% of the complaints were dismissed due to lack of any reasonable ground to engender a well found belief that the offence was committed. However, 104 cases were formally charged. Eighty-nine per cent (89%) of these were found guilty and were meted penalties of either termination from service or suspension without pay.
He explained that the complaints against the school personnel can be avoided if only those reminders, memoranda and orders of the Department were strictly followed. He grouped his reminders as highly recommended, prohibited and highly discouraged actions.
Attached is DepEd-CALABARZON Unnumbered Memorandum dated March 2, 2015 re: Pointers to Minimize Administrative Complaints Against Teachers and School Heads, content of which is self-explanatory, for information.
Pointers to Minimize Administrative Complaints Against Teachers and School Heads
To advance the right and welfare of public school teachers and to protect them from possible abuses, harassment, complaints and from unknowingly participating in any illegal/unauthorized practices which are perceived/tolerated as legal actions due to prolonged practice and unchecked system, this Office hereby issues this memorandum to inform all concerned of actions which are highly recommended, prohibited and strongly discouraged, to wit:
Highly Recommended Actions:
- Establishing and capacitating the School Grievance Committee in the School and District Levels;
- Capacitating the School Anti-Bullying and Child Protection Committees in the School Level;
- Posting a copy of the MOOE, School Organization Fund, Canteen Fund and PTA Liquidation Report with attached receipts in the school transparency board;
- Recording all donations received by the school in the school property inventory; and
- Implementing Transparent, Ethical and Accountable (TEA) Governance through the SCOUTERS ROCK.
For their own protection, Teachers and School Heads should NOT be allowed to do the following:
- Imposing a permit/clearance system where students are made to pay any contribution before being cleared to graduate, get promoted or to take an examination;
- Imposing a year end clearance system where teachers are made to comply certain tasks and pay certain fees
- Forcing students to buy from canteen trays and/or for teachers to pay for whatever items not sold in said trays;
- Endorsing any company or selling any products to their students, such as but not limited to the following: reading materials, workbooks, CD’s;
- Collecting any P.T.A. contributions/fees even with the consent of the P.T.A.;
- Selling or collecting from students any money from any Red Cross and B/GSP fund raising activity other than Red Cross and B/GSP Membership dues;
- Selling tickets or other materials of the same nature and/or collecting from students any money from any fund raising activity, except Anti-TB fund drives;
- Requiring/ mandating students to attend school field trips, film showing, jamborees and/or any school activity needing financial contribution/dues;
- Allowing school personnel to settle and investigate child abuse cases in the school without proper authorization;
- Having financial interest while engaged in purchasing materials needed by the school or by acting as the direct supplier of the school; and
- Requiring or influencing subordinates to purchase items from a superior or a particular supplier.
Highly Discouraged Actions/Activities:
The following are highly discouraged to promote teacher, student and employee’s welfare and from shelling out personal resources for their own development and eventually for the betterment of public service:
- Scheduling meetings/seminars/training’s/workshops or other related school office-sanctioned activity during Saturdays/ Sundays and/or Holidays, unless extremely necessary and provided the service credits or overtime benefits, whichever is applicable, is provided;
- Organizing seminars/training/workshops or other related school and office-sanctioned activity requiring the payment of registration fees from participants out of their own personal funds; and
- Organizing a compulsory or highly extravagant school affairs.
For your guidance and information.