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Dr. Ermetes Adolfo, Jr. graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English from University of the Visayas, Master of Arts in Teaching English with concentrations in Language and Literature and Doctor of Education Major in Educational Management from Southwestern University. For special post graduate studies, he got also his diploma in SPFL-French (Diplôme in Brevet D'études Françaises) from the Institute of Touraine, Tours, France. He has years of professional and academic teaching and journalistic writing experiences, ranging from jobs as graduate school professor, college instructor, high school teacher, adviser, facilitator and speaker with seminars spearheaded by Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education to his latest position as School Head. He is a consummate educator with a love for the potential and impact of educational management; he is also an innovative teacher with a devotion to education and professional teaching. Finally, he is a consultant of the student body organization, an executive editor of the campus paper, and a career educational development guru.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Magna Carta for Public School Teachers

This act is very important to the teachers in the public schools. It protects the rights of the teachers, like tenure of office, academic freedom, and other benefits for their well-being. There is a section in this act that mandates the head of office to inform the teachers of this code. Unfortunately, this is not so. Some teachers are not privy to any provision of this code, and this code has not been discussed with them. Whenever a question arises as to the legality of any action by the teacher, he or she has to find a copy of this code. 


There was a teacher who requested for a study leave for one year.  Since she did not know that she is entitled to a study leave with pay, she applied for a study leave without pay. The principal told her that her application might not be approved as this is no longer allowed. She was advised to personally talk to the superintendent and discuss her request with her. Her papers did not have the endorsement of the principal. When she talked to the superintendent, the superintendent told her to go back to her principal and have her papers signed by the principal first before the superintendent signs it. When the papers were finally signed by the two school officials, she went to the regional office for processing. To her surprise, she was told that she is eligible for a study leave with pay as she has already served more than seven years. She was shown a copy of the Magna Carta. Isn’t it deplorable that the information must come from a mere processing clerk than from the two school officials? Aren’t they supposed to be the source of information? Is this not a case of withholding information for some ulterior motives?

Magna Carta for public school teachers serves as the guide to “utter” protection and freedom, away from threats and terminations from the concerned authorities. If you are not aware of this law, you are always threatened by the administrators or any person in authority to terminate you from work once you violated the law. For the information of everybody, the Magna Carta has significantly defined along with its history in the English realms, it is also known as Magna Carta Libertatum, an English 1215 charter which limited the power of English Monarchs, specifically King John, from absolute rule. Magna Carta was the result of disagreements between the Pope and King John and his barons over the rights of the king: Magna Carta required the king to renounce certain rights and respect certain legal procedures, and to accept that the will of the king could be bound by law. Magna Carta is widely considered to be the first step in a long historical process leading to the rule of constitutional law. All of them are patterned after the present Magna Carta law for teachers. 

 

In order to be protected from abuses, etc. I think every teacher must have a copy of this Magna Carta with him so that whenever he feels aggrieved, he can refer to this law to protect his rights. And that is the essence of Magna Carta for teachers both in the public and private schools in the Philippines.

           


11 comments:

  1. Hi!i really think teacher should have this,and as i can see the teacher or shall i say the principal i cant say what school exactly Mr.Demetrio been through now,but he was my teacher when i was in my high school days,im so shocked when i saw him but happy his very active till now,he was my favorite teacher back then,along with our Chemistry and math prof way back then...i look up to him when it comes to teaching,i can see his dedication to his work,he made me realize my dream that im so thankful now,speaking English really helps me in my life now...

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  2. ...hope teachers will be more knowledgeable about Magna Carta and how i wish teachers can have this cause you all teachers are deserving to this code...it not just wont help you but also to protect your individual rights...and by the way the teacher i was telling you earlier was the man sitting between the 2 teachers wearing red uniforms...i got a chance to interact here because of my friend he ask me to read something about this and he will interview me later... bottom line "TWO THUMBS UP" this is an educational blog for us to read...

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  3. It is a good idea or I mean a good code for teachers which we call it Magna Carta because as I read this articles,it helps teachers to protect their rights.But as a teachers,they shouldn't take it as an advantage or used it to abuse students,they should remember that a responsible one is a good one.

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  4. I strongly agree on that code Magna Carta for public teachers because it's goal is to protect the right of the teachers.It is a good idea and a advantage for the public teachers.They must give importance and treasure it.Teachers must take it as an opportunity and they must not abuse it.

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  5. Too much abuse of using the Magna Carta amongst teachers will make them irresponsible, in other words it is much better if they are more responsible even if their is no Magna Carta.

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  6. I really agree this code, Magna Carta for teachers because this code help teachers in protecting their individual rights.

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  7. That's right, A very good code that can protect the right of the public school teachers. I know it can really help the teachers to manifest their actions and i must say that teachers won't abuse this code and take it as an opportunity in their way of living.

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  8. I really agree of this code,Magna Carta because this code is helping the teachers that protect their individual rights.

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  9. "Ignorance of the law excuses no one"-well, I am happy that this kind of law exist and it was used of today. Having this law can safeguard our belove teachers and protect them in any instance that might happen...

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  10. Magna Carta-A document or piece of legislation that serves as a guarantee of basic rights.
    (It is a document that implies the power of the law to protect human rights and their privileges.)

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  11. This is kinda beneficial to the teachers, i mean being a teacher is not an easy job, we often say that it is a noble job. I think this code would help or encourage teachers to do their task well.

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