DepEd exec reminds no-fee collection during enrollment Print
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:22

It’s barely 15 days left before the opening of classes in public schools.

City Schools Division Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad reiterated the Department of Education (DepEd)’s memorandum on no-collection policy during enrolment period in all public schools.

In his own initiated radio program over Tatak-RMN entitled “Edukasyon Now Na” every Friday evening (7 to 8PM), Natividad reminded school officials, including officers of Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to get rid of the traditional practices of charging certain fees from enrollees in the primary level during enrolment time. Officially, classes in all public schools will start on June 3, 2013.

“The DepEd memorandum clearly states that cash donations or fees for extra-curricular activities can be done during the month of August until the end of the school year,” Natividad said.

However, he clarified that said fees should be strictly collected on a voluntary basis which include membership fees for Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines, parent-teacher associations, contributions for anti-tuberculosis fund drives, school publications and student organizations.

DepEd Memo No. 64 series of 2013 further reads; “No fees shall be collected from school children in Kinder to Grade 5 to fourth year high school students shall not pay fees from June to July.”

The ban on the collection of fees from June to July ensures that fees will not be used as a precondition for students/pupils to study in public schools, stated the DepEd memo.

School officials found to have violated this DepEd policy will be charged administratively.

In the event PTA officers will compulsorily collect fees from the enrollees, parents are advised to report the matter to school officials or directly to the Office of the Schools Division Superintendent.

“I already reminded school principals to call the attention of anyone from the PTA if ever fees are made during enrolment period,” Natividad said. — Jimmy Villaflores