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PIA Press Release
2009/02/24

No costly graduation rites - DepEd

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (24 February) -- In his recent visit in Davao City, Department of Education Secretary Jesli Lapus personally advised school administrators to hold simple but solemn graduation rites this year.

Lapus stressed the policy on the conduct and collection of fees for graduation rites.

"Public schools are not allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for graduation," he said.

However, the policy does not prohibit parent-teachers associations to solicit voluntary contributions from their members for graduation ceremonies and celebrations. Everything that is contributed must be properly reported to the association.

DepEd clarified that teachers and principals should not be involved in the collection of the said contributions.

Teachers must not require non-academic project as a requirement for graduation.

DepEd suggests that graduation rites must be held within the school premises and that no extraordinary venue for ceremonies must be required.

This also follows that the school must not impose the wearing of special attires for the ceremonies. Togas may be allowed as long as it is approved by the PTA officers and members representing the graduating class.

The order also states that contributions for the annual yearbook must be on a voluntary basis.

Lapus also directed all public schools to focus on the theme, "My Education: My Contribution to the Future." Graduation ceremonies must be scheduled any day between March 28 to April 3. (PIA XI) [top]

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