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DepEd Issues Suspension Order Against 55 Lumad Schools in Davao

Davao City – The Department of Education (DepEd) Region 11 suspended the “permit to operate” of 55 Lumad schools in the Davao region. This was due to alleged reports that the schools were teaching “left-leaning ideologies”.

The suspension was ordered against the schools that are operated and owned by the Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers. It was signed by the Officer-in-charge (OIC) Regional Director of DepEd Region 11, Doctor Evelyn Fetalvero on July 10, 2019. It was later released on Saturday morning, July 13.

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Source: All UP Academic Employees Union – UP Mindanao

The Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers

The Salugpungan schools were first established in Bukidnon. These schools were meant to grant IP groups in remote areas an accessible education.

“Left-leaning ideologies”

The suspension was based on the direction of DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones. Secretary Briones’ instruction was to suspend schools that are only operating with a permit for their recognition status.

The basis of suspension, according to DepEd Region 11 spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, is the reports submitted to the department by the chairperson of the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, the National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon.

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DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones
Source: Leonor Magtolis Briones

In the said report, Esperon alleged that the Salugpungan schools were encouraging students to rebel against the government. This “left-leaning ideologies” teach the children to join rallies and other anti-government activities. He also added that the school’s modules were not in accordance with the current DepEd curriculum.

What will happen to the affected pupils, teachers, and staffs?

Maria Eugenia Nolasco, the Executive Director of the Salugpungan schools, received the suspension order. The school’s officials and staffs were given five days to appeal for the school’s permit to operate.

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Source: Ervin Urbiztondo

Meanwhile, DepEd will guide the affected students to enroll in any public schools nearby to continue their education. The teachers are also encouraged to apply to nearby public schools under DepEd.

Source: CNN Philippines

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