Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:15
No personnel from the Department of Education will be allowed to collect fees for end of school year rites, Acting City Schools Superintendent Pete Natividad emphasized.
Natividad disclosed that moving up and graduation expenses for public schools should be charged to the school’s Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).
“There is no reason for schools to collect and for parents to contribute for any operational expenses for graduating or moving up,” Natividad clarified.
Any contribution to the completion or graduation rites should come from the parents, with emphasis that all contributions are voluntary, and not be made a requirement for graduation. Non-academic projects such as film viewing, JS proms, and field trips also cannot be imposed as a requirement for clearance.
“It is not a requirement. It may be undertaken but hinde abla si hinde atende, hinde kanila pwede man clear,” Natividad explained.
In his presentation to the local media during the press conference at City Hall Monday, March 20, Natividad insisted on graduation and completion rites that are simple and meaningful, reiterating the directives of DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones,
He said completion and graduation rites need not be lavish, and should involve only learners, teachers and school officials, and their parents.
Completion and moving up ceremonies, in particular, can be held in classrooms, Natividad said.
“Ta pensa sila graduation, ta hace gayot garboso, elegante, y extravagante. Ta prikura kita, si pwede se na classroom ya lang, kay ta dale lang certifico,” Natividad said.
The theme for the SY 2016-2017 end of school year rites is “Sabay-sabay na hakbang tungo sa maunlad na kinabukasan”.
Graduation rites for schools are set on or before April 7, although some island schools will be holding their rites a few days earlier, Natividad said.
End of school year rites are classified into two – graduation, and moving up and completion. Graduation rites are held for Grade 6 and Grade 12 students, while moving up and completion are held for Grade 10 students.
Graduating Grade 6 students are given elementary certificates, while Grade 10 students receive a junior high school certificate. Grade 12 students receive diplomas.
There are no Grade 12 graduates in Zamboanga City for this school year, Natividad reported. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)
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