Schools defying DepEd on graduation fee ban


Some public schools are still collecting graduation fees despite an express order from Education Secretary Armin Luistro not to do so.

Since its activation last month, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) DeTXT Action Center has received 180 complaints on the collection of graduation fees.

Most of the schools complained about were in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon, the center’s officer in charge, Demetria Manuel, said.

The callers told of being asked to pay graduation fees of P150 up to P600.

Luistro recently reiterated his order to all 45,000 public schools to hold “spartan” graduation rites.

The DeTXT Action Center may be reached through tel. 6361663 and 6331942.—Donna Z. Pazzibugan

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  • $14334231

    these teachers, principals, and superintendents have been used to having extra cash at the end of school year….so, why kill the goose that lays the golden eggs???….and besides, they know that our leaders are making so much money under the table too…so, their reasonings are…why not them???… good soldiers, they follow their superiors!!!..laughable??…no.. hateful….yes…

  • Bob

    yea….so I tell the school they can’t charge a graduation fee and I tell DeTXT….then what happens….probably nothing… this won’t be enforced like many other laws here

  • farmerpo

    pambayad po sa 5/6. 

  • Cors Guiao

    To attend the graduation rites is not a requirement to graduate and it is not even mandatory to attend. To those complaining and to those who nothing to pay, simply do not attend the rites and let the others go on with the rites. Di ba simple lang, wag ng umatend kung ayaw o walang pambayad.huwag ng idamay ang gustong magkaroon ng magandang rites.

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