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Operation Permit Suspension of 55 Schools for Indigenous Children ‘Lumad’, Ordered by DepEd

The Department of Education (DepEd) ordered the suspension of the permit to operate of 55 schools for indigenous children in Davao region.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones and DepEd-Davao regional officer in charge Evelyn Fetalvero signed the order to close 55 ‘Lumad’ schools and educational institutions operated by Salugpongan.

DepEd orders the permit suspension for 55 ‘Lumad’ schools for allegedly teaching “Left-leaning Ideologies”.

Indigenous Children

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. is accusing the schools of departing from the curriculum of DepEd and allegedly teaching ideas against the government.

The agency gave five (5) days to Salugpongan to explain why their school operation permit should not be revoked.

Several progressive groups have condemned DepEd’s decision calling it unjust and unfair for the indigenous children.

Indigenous Children

Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat also condemned the order describing it as deprivation of lumad kids’ right to education.

Salugpongan would also file an appeal on the order, while Save Our Schools (SOS) described DepEd’s decision as myriad rights violations in indigenous communities.

“By ordering the closure of schools without even verifying the wild, baseless claims of Esperon that the Salugpongan schools are teaching students to rebel, they have neglected their duty to uphold the protection of schools,” SOS said.

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