The National Higher Education Commission (NHEC) of CEAP invites you to the 2018 NHEC Summit with the theme "Future of Philippine HEIs: Charting Post K to 12 Philippine Higher Education" which focuses on the current issues of Higher Education and sharing of best practices. The summit shall take place on FEBRUARY 26, 2018 at the Innovation Center, Miriam College, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Here is the link to the programme: http://www.ceap.org.ph/u…/download//201712/1122492...5207_1.pdf
The registration fee for CEAP member schools is Php 1,500.00 and Php 2,000.00 for non-member schools.
Deadline of confirmation is February 9, 2018. For inquiries, you may contact Ms. Gillian Faye H. Dormitorio, CEAP Advocacy and Special Events Assistant at the CEAP National Office (02-926-6273/02-426-26-70-fax) or email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Let us learn more about SOCIAL MEDIA affecting the lives of the people today. Let's build a more effective and credible Social Media. See you on March 3, 2018, Saturday at St. Joseph College Auditorium from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please bring 100.00 registration fee for lunch. Kitakits.
Iloilo has a new archbishop.
"Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbour. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger.
I would also like my invitation ...to extend beyond the bounds of the Catholic Church, and to reach all of you, men and women of good will, who are open to hearing God’s voice. Perhaps, like ourselves, you are disturbed by the spread of iniquity in the world, you are concerned about the chill that paralyzes hearts and actions, and you see a weakening in our sense of being members of the one human family. Join us, then, in raising our plea to God, in fasting, and in offering whatever you can to our brothers and sisters in need!"
The 2018 NBEC Summit for intensive capacity-building training of school heads focused on training areas such as the Supervisory Program (Instructional Leadership, Coaching Across Grade Levels) and the School Improvement Planning (SIP). The first graduates of the Senior High School (SHS) Program this SY 2017-18 is a major event in Philippine education history and the CEAP-NBEC would like to assist the schools in (re)defining school responsibilities, focusing on roles that can improve school results.
With that said, we would like to thank the administrators, school heads, strand chairs, and academic supervisors of basic education schools and higher education institutions who participated in the Summit and supported the advocacies of CEAP-NBEC for quality, transformative Catholic education.
Thank you so much!
"The 3 keys for Valentine's Day are the same 3 keys for the season of Lent – sacrifice, prayer, and giving," says Archbishop Socrates Villegas in his reflection entitled 'Lessons of Love for Ash Wednesday'.
And so in this day of love, we remember the unconditional sacrifice made by our God for our salvation. We are one with the CEAP Community in prayer and in filling Valentine's Day with the Lenten Spirit.
Teacher-Student Love Affair
[This article is published in today's issue of The Manila Times]
OUR society is averse to teacher-student love affairs. It is consid...ered a forbidden act for teachers to fall for their students. As teachers, they stand in loco parentis as regards their minor wards. It is therefore unthinkable for a teacher, who under the law is a substitute parent, to have amorous feelings towards his or her minor student. A student on the other hand is vulnerable and therefore protected by laws against abuses such as RA 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act; and RA 7877, or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995.
A student is likewise both innocent and adventurous and therefore susceptible to abuses and fraud by a teacher who has influence and moral ascendancy over him or her. Thus, even when a minor student voluntarily enters into a love affair with his or her teacher, consent is disregarded by law and the teacher may be deemed to have committed child abuse as a criminal offense.
Sweetheart theory not applicable
In complaints for acts of lasciviousness or rape, when there is proof that the victim and the accused are lovers, what operates is the theory that the sexual act was consensual and therefore there is no crime. This is known as the sweetheart theory.
However, in the case of People v. Malto, the Supreme Court ruled that unlike rape and acts of lasciviousness, consent is immaterial in child abuse cases. The mere act of having sexual intercourse or committing lascivious conduct with a child who is subjected to sexual abuse constitutes the offense. A child should not be deemed to have validly consented to adult sexual activity and to surrender herself or himself in the act of ultimate physical intimacy under the law. In other words, a child is presumed by law to be incapable of giving rational consent to any lascivious act or sexual intercourse.
Student as the child
The public policy against teacher-student relationships is clearer when the student is a minor, but not when the student is already of majority age. Children as defined in RA 7610 refer to persons below 18 years of age or over but are unable to fully take care of themselves or protect themselves from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or condition.
But DepEd’s Child Protection Policy, or D.O. 40 series of 2012, which also protects students from all forms of child abuse, provides for a different definition of a “child.” Under this DepEd policy, the term “child” includes those who are 18 years of age or older but are in school. This policy expands the definition of a “child” under RA 7610, and RA 6809 which states that majority commences at the age of 18 years. Does this mean that under the DepEd Child Protection Policy, a basic education student of majority age may also file an administrative complaint for child abuse against the teacher?
Students getting older, teachers getting younger
Because of the present senior high school curriculum implementation, students are getting older and teachers are getting younger. At Grade 12, students are already expected to be 18years of age. And because professional teachers now are as young as 20 years old, the generation gap between teachers and students has been rendered insignificant. A lot of them now belong to the same generation of millennials. And this phenomenon has increased the incidents of teacher-student relationships.
So how should schools look at student-teacher relationships?
When the teacher is married, it is both illegal and immoral to maintain a relationship with a student. When the student and teacher in a relationship engage in PDAs (public displays of affection) in school, it is also easy to cite them for immorality and inappropriate behavior. When there is proof that a sexual relationship exists and the student is a minor, a crime exists under RA 7610 and consent is not a defense.
But what if there is no PDA in school, no proof of illicit or sexual relations, and there is mutual consent between two adults who are both single?
In the case of Evelyn Chua Qua v. Clave, the female teacher who had a relationship with her 16-year-old student and eventually married the latter, the Supreme Court ruled that she was illegally dismissed on the ground of immorality. The Supreme Court said that to constitute immorality, the totality of circumstances of each particular case must be holistically considered and evaluated in the light of prevailing norms of conduct and the applicable law. Immorality is a factual question that should be determined in the circumstances surrounding every case and cannot simply be presumed. This case is known for the Supreme Court’s pronouncement, borrowing the quote from French philosopher Blaise Pascal, saying, “If the two eventually fell in love, despite the disparity in their ages and academic levels, this only lends substance to the truism that the heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know.”
Effect of social media
But applying the totality of circumstances in student-teacher relationship cases in this day and age is problematic for school administrators. This is because student-teacher interaction is no longer limited in-campus. They now interact in social media and beyond school hours. And when both the student and the teacher belong to the same generation and their age difference is irrelevant, the moral ascendancy or influence can no longer be presumed especially when they interact not as such students and teachers but simply, as persons. Feelings of attraction and admiration among them are almost inevitable.
Ultimately, how a student-teacher relationship is addressed depends on the school’s consistency in implementing its own policy and standards on morality and appropriate behavior. The school’s duty to preserve both its integrity as an educational institution and that of its teachers, and the responsibility to act in accordance with the best interest of the child student, will always be the primary consideration above all else.
But even when such relationships are almost always equated with indecency and attended by immorality, it is also not impossible that true love may still exist in student-teacher relationships. As they say, people fall in love with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected time. Julia Fordham sings, “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways,” and Lion King 2 reminds us, “Love Will Find a Way.”
Remember, the current president of France, Emmanuel Macron, married his former high school teacher, Brigitte Trogneux, when he was 30 years old and she was already 55. And they have been happily married since. This teaches us that patience is a virtue. If it’s really tadhana, it will happen (on cue, UDD). Hopefully it won’t take A Thousand Years, says Christina Perii.
As we celebrate the day of hearts, let us be reminded that the teacher is, like everyone else, a human being endowed with life to live, to love, and to laugh. Nobody deserves to be NBSB forever. Certainly, not our teachers. Let’s give them a big warm hug today.
Congratulations, Msgr. Ely Fuentes and the CEAP NBEC for the success of the three legs of the 2018 CEAP NBEC Summit! The last leg was held at the University of San Jose Recoletos, Basak Campus last February 9-10, 2018.
With more than 800 individual delegates from 650 schools nationwide, the summit has brought the best resource persons on strengthening school leadership to the island clusters of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The topics for the CEAP-NBEC K to 12 Summit are out now!
We invite everyone to participate in our summit on Strengthening School Leadership, with schedules for ...January and February 2018.
For information and registration, please contact 926-6273 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there!