SAN PABLO CITY – City Schools Division Superintendent Enric T. Sanchez reiterated over the weekend a standing order of the Department of Education that the holding of graduation exercises must be simple and less expensive to unload the parent’s financial burden.
Dr. Sanchez reminded all public school heads and teachers not to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for graduation rites.
“What we are trying to ensure is the quality education that we can give to the pupils or students,” Sanchez re-echoing DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus’ memorandum issued last school year.
It maybe recalled that the government has long been imposing austerity measure and the education sector is not spared of the policy, hence asking contributions is being strictly monitored.
Sanchez also reminded the education stakeholders, members and officers of the PTCA that they can solicit contributions but should on voluntary basis and teachers should not be involved in soliciting contributions.
Secretary Lapus in his memorandum pointed out that the schools should not require extravagant special attire or extra ordinary venue for the ceremonies, while a yearbook contribution should also be on voluntary basis.
Lapus’ order also stated that graduation rites should be conducted solemnly befitting the graduating students and their parents. The celebration should not in any way be used as venue for political forum, however, local officials are not barred from attending the graduation rites.
Lapus also gave credit to the LGU’s active support to all DepEd programs and thrusts. He said local officials are their close partners in building classrooms and in providing furniture, books, additional teachers, trainings and other expenses. (Ruben E. Taningco)