UST’s ouster of students must be emulated by others Print
Sunday, 22 October 2017 15:08



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Train the child in the way that he should go, and he will never depart from it even if he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).


UST’s OUSTER OF STUDENTS MUST BE EMULATED BY OTHERS: On the basis of the reported decision of the College of Law of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) that it will no longer accept as its law students those who belong to the  fraternity that is now embroiled in the death by hazing of Horacio Castillo III, other schools, colleges, and universities in the country can now follow suit, and impose the same punishment to their own erring students.

The problem at present is that, because of the Juvenile Justice Law that was authored by Sen. Francis Pangilinan, teachers and other school authorities from elementary and high school institutions are prevented from doing anything to confront their students who are without discipline, abusive, unruly, and grossly discourteous to others, even towards their teachers.

But the example shown by UST proved that there is something that can be done by desperate school authorities to “hit back”, as it were, against their students who refuse to obey them, who do not want to be disciplined, and who think they cannot be punished in any way. It now clearly appears that teachers and other school staff can stop the offensive children from pursuing further education.


TEACHERS WITH PROBLEMS WITH THEIR STUDENTS, READ THIS:  The truth is that, I have been advocating this kind of a “retaliatory tactic” among teachers and educational institutions against their students who lack good manners and right conduct, who do not study their lessons anymore, and who even display brazenness in the commission of grave crimes in the presence of other people.

When my wife, former Judge Angelina Mauricio, was the All Star President of the Rotary Club of Intramuros between 2016-2017, we came face to face with hundreds of teachers from public elementary and high schools, especially those from Pasig City, who were battling children who lacked manners and who routinely fought their teachers back, during gatherings which Rotary called “peace and conflict seminars”.

In each and every seminar that we conducted, teachers often complained: their hands were tied by Pangilinan’s law (or the law that prohibited the arrest and imposition of disciplinary action against youngsters committing an offense), disabling them from doing something that would turn the children around from their abusive and delinquent ways.


“FOR THE NATION’S PEACE AND PROSPERITY, DISCIPLINE IS ALL WE NEED”: The solution my wife and I offered to the teachers was simple: while Pangilinan’s law prevented them from arresting or disciplining students lacking in good manners with the clear tacit permission of their parents, they, the teachers, could nevertheless build a record of the students’ infractions or displays of delinquency and, using this record, present an administrative case against the children concerned with the Department of Education.

The objective of this is to make sure that a record exists attesting to the lack of discipline of the students that is kept by the DepEd itself, so that it would not be too difficult convincing DepEd officials later to issue an order disqualifying the erring children from admission in any public school forever. If the parents still have any concern for their children, they will act to prevent such a grave misfortune befalling their offspring.

It cannot be denied that almost every Filipino youth nowadays no longer have fear of anyone—their own parents, the elderly, and even of God Himself. If we do not act now to change this mental disease of Filipino children, and bring them back to the folds of discipline, they would become curses of the country instead of the hope of the fatherland, as Dr. Jose Rizal once said. Indeed, for progress to come to us, discipline is what we need.


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