DepEd: Pay no fees in public schools



Education Secretary Armin Luistro INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Among fresh guidelines set down by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the new school year is the prohibition on the collection of fees from kindergarten up to Grade 4 pupils in the public schools.

In an order issued last week, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said fees for organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Philippine Red Cross may be collected only from students in the fifth grade through high school on a voluntary basis. And the collections may only start in August.

“No fees shall be collected from school children in kindergarten up to Grade 4 anytime during school year 2012-13,” said Luistro’s May 24th order.

“No fees shall be collected from Grade 5 pupils up to high school from June to July. Beginning August 2012 until the end of the school year, fees [may be collected] on a voluntary basis,” Luistro ordered.

Fees for parent-teacher associations (PTA), school publications and student organizations may also be collected from students willing to pay up.

“It is stressed that in no case shall the nonpayment of voluntary school contributions or membership fees be made a basis for the nonadmission, nonpromotion or nonissuance of clearances to students by schools,” Luistro said.

Only PTAs are allowed to handle contributions, and teachers and school officials must keep their hands off the money.

“No teacher, school official or school personnel shall collect fees or contributions nor shall they be entrusted with the safekeeping and disbursement of collections made by the PTA pursuant to the Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers,” Luistro said.

He also reminded teachers and school officials to refrain from doing business in the schools and classrooms.

“Hence, teachers, school officials and school personnel are prohibited from selling or requiring the purchase of locally produced workbooks, instructional materials, test booklets, school supplies and other items,” Luistro said.

Some 21 million students are expected to troop to public elementary and high schools nationwide when classes open on June 4.

Meanwhile, the DepEd is inaugurating its Oplan Balik Eskwela operations center at its Pasig City central office today to coordinate the preparations for the new school year.

Regional action centers will also be set up at DepEd offices nationwide to respond to concerns, requests and complaints of students, parents, teachers and school officials.

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  • Ommm

    This is a very good move. In this community i see a few kids 8-10 who have never attended school as their parents simply can’t afford the meager tuition. This should really be extended through high school with those who can not afford applying for a grant this government should set up. 

  • EfimacoVelasquez

    DepEd orders are simply “propaganda” , It exists since then but not followed. YES, maybe it’s true that’s there’s no fees to be collected by teachers or school officials but PTA’s is allowed. Parents “Teachers” Association was abusively used as escape boat to collect “CASH” from parents. They will conduct a meeting to discuss school improvements and lot more …. The supposed voluntary contributions was not true, they will collect forcibly even that they are fully aware that children studying in public schools are poor and some of them are lucky enough to eat twice a day.

  • Joey

    the best thing to do here is for deped to publish these guidelines and memoranda in leading newspapers and to advertise using the public service obligations of tv and radio stations. these publications and advertisements must be in FILIPINO or the local dialect so that everyone gets to understand all the details of these guidelines. copies of these guidelines must also be distributed and posted at conspicuous places for everyone to see.

  • Juan De la Cruz

    How can we ensure quality education in public schools?  We need to measure the Quality metrics to ensure we balance them and not just outright “free”.  We don’t want to waste a lot of resource and time (clothes, books, baons, etc. for a year) when education quality is poor although it is “free”.

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