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PIA Press Release
2009/02/22

Nothing fancy, no fees, no political speeches in forthcoming graduation, DepEd says

Tacloban City (February 22) -- There should be nothing fancy, no fees and no political speeches in the forthcoming graduation ceremonies of elementary and high schools.

This perennial reminder, which is contained in a DepEd Order issued on February 18, becomes particularly relevant amidst the worldwide economic crisis that is threatening to affect the Filipino people and that has led to a flurry of belt-tightening measures.

In the department order, Secretary Jesli Lapus directed school officials that graduation rites should not be extravagant and should as much as possible, not require parents and students to shell out money.

Secretary Lapus said that graduation ceremonies should be conducted in an appropriate solemn rites and shall not in any was be used as a venue for a political forum.

The schools may invite politicians to deliver inspirational speeches, but administrators should see to it that the event remains solemn and is not used for politicking, the order stated.

The order stated that public schools are not allowed to collect any graduation fee or any kind of contribution for the graduation rites. Parent-teacher groups may solicit voluntary contributions for ceremonies and celebrations, but the teachers and principals themselves should play no part in collecting money.

School officials are strongly encouraged to hold the ceremony on the school grounds, instead of scouting for "extraordinary" places.

Also, the students should not be required to come in fancy attire that may entail extra expenses on their part. Togas may be used, the Order said, subject to the approval of the students and the parent-teacher associations. Only the actual cost of renting the toga should be shouldered by the students.

The order specifically stated that graduation ceremonies should be held between March 28 and April 3 and should center on the theme "My Education: My Contribution to the Future." (PIA 8) [top]

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