TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, June13 (PIA) - - The Department of Education (DepEd) in the Cagayan Valley Region reiterated anew that all public schools nationwide would not collect any fee or contribution as condition forenrollment.
Arnulfo Balane, DepEd assistant regional director, said DepEd Order No. 41 Series of 2012 specifically provides that there should be no amount to be collected from kindergarten to grade 4 pupils all throughout the school year.
Balane said only those allowed voluntary contributions should be collected from Grade 5 to senior high school students which will be collected only a month after the school opening.
Voluntary contributions include membership fees or contributions to Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and Girl Scout of the Philippines (GSP), Anti-TB Fund Drive, Red Cross tickets and those approved contributions by the Parent Teachers Association (PTA).
"The tickets and contributions are voluntary by nature. Non-payment of these should not affect the grades of the learners and should not be a basis of non-issuance of clearance to a student by the school concerned," Balane said.
Balane added that the PTA treasurer is the only allowed official to handle collections, not the school officials.
"If there are donations, we encouraged donors to give items that are needed by the schools and not cash," he said.
For his part, Ferdinand Narciso, DepEd information officer, encouraged parents and other stakeholders to report to DepEd officials any malpractice of the schools in so far as collection is concerned. (MDCT/OTB/PIA-Cagayan)
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