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PIA Press Release
2010/02/23

DepEd to schools: Keep graduation rites austere, politics-free

Manila (23 February) -- The Department of Education (DepEd), in Order No. 13, ordered all public and private schools to keep graduation rites for Batch 2010 politics-free.

It also ordered the schools to keep their graduation rites solemn yet simple and austere especially due to difficulties brought about by recent natural calamities.

DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus said in the order that the graduating rites should be conducted in an appropriate solemn ceremony befitting the graduating students and their parents and shall not in any way be used as a venue for political forum.

Lapus reiterated the department's policy on the conduct and collection of fees for graduation rites, where public schools are not allowed to collect graduation fees or any contribution for graduation rites.

While the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), however, may solicit minimal voluntary contributions from members for graduation ceremonies and celebration, teachers and principals should not be involved in it.

On the other hand, Lapus said there should be no extravagance in graduation rites, adding holding the graduation in school premises is encouraged.

Also, Lapus said there should be no special attire for the ceremonies. While wearing togas are allowed, only the actual cost of rental of togas (will be shouldered) by the graduating class.

Lapus also stressed contributions for the annual yearbook will be on a voluntary basis only. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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