DepEd Official Statement on Student’s Death After Receiving 64 Grade in Maasin, Iloilo

The untimely death of a student at Siwalo National High School in Maasin identified only as “Javier,” has sparked controversy and mourning within the community. The tragic incident revolves around the 16-year-old’s inability to cope with the 64 grade given by his Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teacher, ultimately leading to his decision to end his life.

Javier’s mother, Maricar, now advocates for justice, alleging that her son’s passing was a direct result of the undue pressure caused by the grade assigned by his teacher. The 64 grade wasn’t merely a paper mark; it symbolized the crushing weight of disappointment and constant criticism that Javier endured, pushing him to abandon his educational aspirations. In a heart-wrenching letter, Javier expressed the pain and injustice felt by his family, a testament to the profound impact of the teacher’s actions.

Maricar recounts how Javier was tasked with cooking pork for a class project, despite their financial constraints. This seemingly innocuous assignment became a source of fear for the family, as it was used as a basis to deny Javier a fair grade, further exacerbating his distress.

In response to the incident, the Department of Education (DepEd) promptly issued an official statement on May 12, 2024, extending their condolences to Javier’s family and friends. Additionally, the Child Protection Committee of the school is poised to provide psychosocial support to affected peers and teachers, recognizing the emotional toll of the tragedy.

Furthermore, the school administration has pledged to collaborate with the appropriate authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly. Pending the release of the official police report and findings, the DepEd appeals to the public to refrain from spreading unverified information, emphasizing the importance of respecting the privacy and dignity of Javier’s family during this difficult time.

This heartbreaking incident serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that educators have on their students’ lives and underscores the critical need for a supportive and nurturing learning environment. As the community mourns the loss of Javier, steps must be taken to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future, ensuring that every student feels valued, supported, and encouraged to pursue their dreams.

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