No to lavish graduation rites, DepEd tells schools PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 January 2011 15:28

With the upcoming school graduations this April, the Department of Education (DepEd) is reminding public school heads, teachers, personnel and other education stakeholders to keep graduation rites simple.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro directed all public schools to observe austerity and simplicity and not to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution from students.
Luistro has issued DepEd Order No.4, series of 2011, which emphasizes the department’s policy on the conduct and collection of fees for graduation rites that shall be scheduled between April 1-7, 2011.

Luistro noted that this years’ theme, “The Graduate: A Partner Towards Transformational Society, An Answer to Societal Change” (Ang Mga Magsisipagtapos: Kaagapay Tungo sa Pagbabagong Anyo ng Lipunan, Tugon sa Hamon ng Sambayanan) echoes the message of President Benigno S. Aquino III that education can fix the problems of our nation leading the country towards being a truly strong society.

“The true value of education is in knowing that, as you graduate, you now have a bigger role to play in society and in our quest for a better nation for all Filipinos. Our graduates are indeed the building blocks to make Philippines a prosperous nation,” he stressed.

Although parents-teachers association (PTA or parents-teachers-community association (PTCA) may solicit voluntary contributions from their members for graduation ceremonies, teachers and school officials should not be involved in the collection of these contributions.
Schools should not require glamorous attires or extraordinary venues for the conduct of a simple and appropriate solemn ceremony befitting the graduating students.

“We should make our graduation ceremonies memorable, exciting and animated without the baggage of extra accost and excessive spending. Graduation rites should be simple affairs that encourage civic duties, promote a sense of community and personal responsibilities,” Luistro said.

Further, no non-academic project shall be imposed as a requirement for graduation while contributions for the annual yearbook should only be on a voluntary basis.
From enrolment period in June to graduation rites in March and April, DepEd has strongly called on all public schools to abide by the “no collection” policy as enshrined in the Constitution and encourage parents to bring their school age children to school and complete basic education.