MANILA – Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro, FSC on Thursday called for austerity amid the rising cost of living by making graduation rites simple.
Luistro also called on school officials to exercise caution in inviting politicians as guests or speakers during such events, especially in the light of the upcoming 2016 national election.
“Further, the end-of-school year rites should be an appropriate and solemn ceremony befitting the learners and their parents, and should not be used as a political forum,” Luistro said, adding that graduation rites should be held on or before April 1, 2016.
“Huwag nang maginbita ng politiko (Avoid inviting political personalities),” he reiterated.
With the theme Kabataang Mula sa K-to-12, Tagapagdala ng Kaunlaran sa Bansang Pilipinas, Luistro said the 2016 ceremonies should focus on the K-to-12 Basic Education Program as a transformative vehicle for local and national development.
“Through the provision of quality education, the K-to-12 Basic Education Program develops and harnesses the skills and competencies of the Filipino youth that will lead to human and community development. The graduation rites should be scheduled on or before April 1, 2016. For schools divisions or regions with an extended school year, schools will have to be guided by their approved revised school calendar,” he said.
Meanwhile, Luistro said that, in line with the government’s austerity program, graduation rites should be “simple but meaningful affairs which encourage civil rights, a sense of community, and personal responsibility.”
“While these rites mark a milestone in the life of the learners, these should be conducted without excessive spending, extravagant attire, or extraordinary venue; Moving Up or Closing ceremonies should be simple, involving only the learners, their parents and the school; and Non-academic projects such as attendance to field trips, film showing, junior-senior promenade and other school events should not be imposed as requirements for graduation or completion,” he said.
Luistro also said, that expenses relative to the activity should be charged to the school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses under the 2016 Budget.
“Any DepEd personnel should not be allowed to collect any graduation/moving up/closing ceremony fees or any kind of contribution; Parent-Teachers Association may give donations in cash or in kind; and Contribution for the annual yearbook, if any, should be on a voluntary basis,” he said. – interaksyon