Move over, Robert Blair Carabuena and “Amalayer” Paula Jamie Salvosa. Make way for the next Internet sensation! A two-minute clip of a male professor physically and verbally assaulting his mostly female students has generated a lot of buzz online Monday night.
Clad in pink long sleeves with a black necktie, Narciso Varona of the Montessori Professional College (Pasay City branch) can be seen cursing at his students and throwing test papers around. At one point, the professor acted as if he wants to slam an armchair into a student’s head. Check this link to know more about the school. Watch the video titled “Abusadong Professor, Violente (sic) at High Blood” below:
The video was uploaded by YouTube user “annamae macayan” on the same day (January 6) that she created an account in the said website. The video has been shared more than 16,000 times in the Facebook page of Hayop Sa Ganda two hours after it was posted there.
For its part, the administrators of We Support Anonymous Philippines Facebook page is asking their followers to give details about the identity of the professor. In a few hours, I’m sure we’ll all know who this abhorrent professor is. By the looks of it, this might just become the first national Internet meme for 2013.
Unlike in the case of “Amalayer,” I don’t think anyone in his/her right mind can withhold judgment in this particular case. The professor is wrong whichever way you look at it. As a college instructor myself (albeit a relative greenhorn in the field), I know from experience that some students can really be nasty in dealing with us. However, yelling at students and making physical threats against them is indefensible. As the Code of Conduct for Teachers says, “A teacher shall maintain at all times a dignified personality which could serveas model worthy of emulation by learners, peers, and others.”
*The National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP) has called on the administration of the school where this incident happen to launch an investigation into the matter. “After due process and proper investigation, discipline and all the necessary actions should be executed where these are due,” the group said in a statement.
*According to ABS-CBN’s Bandila, the Technical Education Skills Development Authority has jurisdiction over the MPC since it is a vocational school. However, TESDA head Joel Villanueva says his agency has no power over the licensing of teachers in schools under their watch. If Varona is handling general education subjects, he does not need to be TESA accredited.