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…

    • Toni

      ..teachers… extra cash???… you must be joking my friend…

  • 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.

    • marienkind

      Graduation is an important ceremony for a kid. If you can’t put your perspective to that of the student then you have no business making suggestions affecting their welfare. Just because a portion of the batch wants to have a grand ceremony doesn’t mean the rest should be barred from being able to do so because of financial issues. 

      • Track Wander

        I suggest read Dep. Ed. Order No. 9, s.2013 for more facts.

  • joel genese

    Gamitin ang PTA para mangolekta ng graduation fee at hindi ang school mismo para walang aberya. O baka naman ang mga nagrereklamo ay hindi nag aatend ng PTA meeting at puro reklamo lang ang inaatupag.

    • Track Wander

      I suggest for you to read Dep Ed Order No. 9, s. 2013 for more facts.

  • basilionisisa

    kung sa school lang ang graduation ceremony, bakit mangongolekta pa ng fee? kung sa labas pwede, especially kung parents ang pumili ng venue. but keep it minimum, may mga funds naman ang mga schools di ba? at sana ilibre na lang ang mahihirap na talagang hindi maka-afford, mostly sa HS ito.

  • Sumintao

    kung voluntary ok lang yan, la namang magulang ang papayag na walang graduation ceremony. Yong walang pambayad di pagusapan sa PTA magawan ng paraan.

  • Track Wander

    Matagal na pong ganito ang nangyayari, while school officials of a certain public school in Pampanga called a meeting of parents of graduating students last year, these school officials wait until the parents agreed and willing to pay graduation fee. School officials immediately grab the opportunity to enumerate a list of expenses. Later their excuse was, the parents initiated the proposition, willingly and voluntarily. Now, Is this right and logical reasoning? Not to me, Dep Ed had already issued an Order not to collect graduation fee!  can an agreement from parents nullify the order from Dep Ed? These ignorant school officials lack sound judgment. R.A. 7836, Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers, Art. 2, sect 1&2 states “. . . promote obedience to the laws of the state; and every teacher and school official shall help carry out the declared policies of the state, and take an oath to this effect” By this principle we should be guided. No amount of agreement can supersede the law, this time an order from Dep Ed was issued. Therefore, agreement that conflicts the DepEd order is null and and void. No, I’m not anti-teacher or school officials, kaya mga parents should be aware, huwag na kayong mag-pumilit at pasaway. Sa tama lang po ako, walang personalan.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    magteacher ka sa public school sa probinsya, ang kalakaran eh…. ipapatrabaho ka for 3 months and the district collects your salary. matagal na corrupt.

    anyway… wats new?

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    sa dami ng pera ni enrile…. bat hindi jan dinivert?

  • xuaeenr

    What I am not clear about is whether the cost for graduations are budgetted for every school? I know from my daughter’s school in Pasig Science that it is not, so it is the PTA who generates the funding (of course as parents we want to prepare something special for this one time event). And not all schools have auditoriums where they can hold these events for free. Rentals of chairs, togas are not free.

    The public too has to be reasonable that parents need to share with the cost.

    • Toni

      I agree – parents should share the cost. And because of this, parent should have a say on the venue and there should be transparency.

    • Track Wander

      What Dep Ed would like to reiterate as stated in D.O. No. 9, S.2013 date Feb. 14, 2013 in summary were the ff.
         1.Public School heads (School Principals) teachers and other Dep.Ed. personnel should not be allowed to collect any graduation fee or any kind of contribution for the graduation rites.2. PTA’s may give donation in cash or in kind for the graduation ceremony and celebrations; 3. No extravagant special attire or extraordinary venue for the ceremony should be required; 4. Graduation rites should NOT be exercised in splurging and display of pomp and pageantry but should be Spartan affairs which exhort civic duties, sense of community and personal responsibilities and should be memorable, exciting and animated WITHOUT THE BAGGAGE OF EXTRA COST AND EXCESSIVE SPENDING…

      I hope this will help us understand. No specific budget for the cost of graduation. The PTA handles the donation and its the parents decision what and how much to donate. Remember the term donation, no specific amount and voluntary. In my opinion, granting the PTA had determined the total cost, they can use their imagination to appeal to the parents concerned. I suggest you to read D.O. no. 9 for more info.

  • Romeo T

    MGA TAO NGAYON…WALA NG TAKOT at galang sa mga batas…….tulad din ng mga kabataan ngayon…ala ng pag galang sa simpleng mga alituntunin na inaatas ng mga magulang nila….mga suwail na henerasyon…….simpleng batas ay di masunod….tsk…tsk…tsk….kamay na bakal talaga ang kailngan sayo juan dela cruz….masyado kang matigas….

  • Tsujino Chizaki


  • Tsujino Chizaki

    bakit po ganun gragraduate na lang andame pang pinaproject na hindi naman need sa graduation nag karon n ng batas pero di pa din cnusunod ng mga teachers pati fild trip ng students pinera nila sana po maaksyunan ng dep ed 2 sa noveleta national high school po 2 sa cavite please po matagal ko na po pinapanawagan senyo aksyunan naman po sana…

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