KINUWESTIYON ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) ang pagpapahintulot ng Department of Education (DepEd) na idaos sa 16 divisions sa National Capital Region (NCR) ang isang red-tagging forum na pangungunahan ng National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) sa gitna ng pandemya at kalamidad.
“The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines assailed an upcoming orientation for ‘Parents and Teachers on the Youth and Student Recruitment by the CPP-NPA-NDF’ to be given by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) – NCR to 16 divisions of DepEd-NCR on November 25, 2020, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm,” anang ACT sa isang kalatas.
Anang ACT, isang mahalay na paggamit sa oras at resources ang naturang aktibidad lalo na’t tambak ang hindi natutugunan na hinaing sa remote learning sa hanay ng DepEd personnel at learners, partikular sa naranasang hagupit ng tatlong magkakasunod na bagyo kamakailan.
“Sa patong-patong na problemang kinakaharap ng mga guro at estudyante mula pa nang bago magbukas ang klase, hindi namin mawari kung paano naisip ng ating kagawaran na bigyan ng panahon at rekurso ang ganitong tipo ng aktibidad. We are sickened, to say the least, to learn of DepEd’s priorities at this time of great crisis. How many millions of our learners and their families are struggling to continue education while dealing with a pandemic, jobs crisis, and calamities? And our teachers who are stretched thin in trying to provide learning opportunities that the state has so far failed to do effectively? One would think that resolving these major issues will occupy DepEd’s time, but we guess not,” giit ni ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio.
Matagal na aniyang nararanasan ng mga guro mula sa ACT at iba pang progresibong grupo ang red-tagging na walang basehan at nagsagawa pa ng profiling, harassment, at threats sa kanilang mga kasapi ang mga awtoridad noong nakaraang taon.
“Why then is DepEd providing a platform for these abhorrent acts that have only spread malice and imperiled the welfare and rights of its own employees and learners? This goes against the very mandate of the agency and the values education must espouse,” wika ni Basilio.
Dapat aniyang manatiling safe civilian zones ang mga paaralan at hindi lugar para ibuga ng military ang kanilang mga kasinungalingan, walang basehang akusasyon, maghasik ng tensiyon, at takot sa mga estudyante at education workers at magdulot ng pagkakawatak-watak sa sector ng edukasyon na mabigat na ang bagahe dahil sa krisis at kalamidad.
“Schools should remain safe civilian zones, not a place for military personnel to spew unfounded accusations, sow hostility and/or fear among learners and education workers, and cause divisiveness among a sector already reeling from crises and disasters. DepEd is hereby implored to disallow any and all military intervention in education and to prohibit further spread of mis- and disinformation among its stakeholders. The agency owes it to millions of learners and teachers to refocus all its resources on heeding our just demands for safe, accessible, and quality education,” dagdag ni Basilio.
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