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When does student discipline become child abuse?

April 2nd, 2018

Some decades ago, no one would bat an eyelash at the thought of teachers disciplining students with a cane. Today, certain laws draw the line between proper student discipline and plain child abuse in order to protect the school, the teacher, and the learner.

Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Legal Counsel Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada discussed these Philippine laws that dictate the balance between the school’s authority to discipline and the rights of both students and parents in the first episode of Vibal Talks.

Citing the case of Bongalon versus the People of the Philippines, the Education Lawyer pointed out that not all laying of hands over a minor person is considered child abuse. “Only when such laying of hands tends to debase, degrade, or demean the intrinsic worth and dignity of the child as a human being, then it is considered child abuse.”

Watch the full episode here:

Vibal Talks is Vibal’s new endeavor to produce informative and insightful content made specifically for teachers. Featuring the Philippines’ thought leaders in education, the discussions will focus on education legalities, trends, and more.

Next episode, Atty. Estrada will talk about the frowned upon student-and-teacher relationship from a legal perspective. Like and follow Vibal Group at facebook.com/vibalgroup to get updates on Vibal Talks.