Luistro strongly reiterates no collection policy
Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC has reiterated its call to all public schools officials to refrain from collecting any fees from students to encourage more parents to send their children to school and complete basic education. Luistro strongly called on all public schools to abide by the “no collection” policy because this is enshrined in the Constitution and DepEd is duty-bound to make sure that school-aged children are in school. “Our goal here is to lessen the worries of parents about school fees which is one of the reasons why many children are out of school or have dropped-out in the middle of schooling,” Luistro observed. “If schools are collecting fees, we will be discouraging enrollment especially among the very poor. This is also why we have taken serious action against schools officials violating this policy,” said Luistro. In reiterating the department’s appeal, Luistro said that no fees shall be collected from school children enrolling in pre-school up to Grade 4 at any time during the school year. Further, DepEd informs the public that beyond Grade 4, there should be no collection during enrolment period and the first month of classes. Contributions, on a purely voluntary basis, may start on the second month of every school year. This covers contributions for Boy Scout of the Philippines, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Red Cross, Anti-Tuberculosis Fund and Parents-Teachers Association. DepEd has taken an aggressive position to put every school-aged child in school at no cost as part of its Education for All (EFA) commitment, a promise of 100 percent enrollment of all children and youth of school age by 2015. Luistro said the no collection policy is one of government’s anti-poverty measures. Through this, parents can instead use the money for other important needs such as food and transportation fare. Aside from the no collection policy, DepEd has prohibited all public...
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