Negros Occidental Division Schools Superintendent Juliet Jeruta yesterday said graduation rites in all public schools this March should be kept simple and no fees, or any kind of contribution, should be collected.
She said funds from the DepEd maintenance and other operating expenses should be used for the graduation rites, including that for diplomas, ribbons and medals.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro has issued Department Order No. 9, Series of 2013 setting the guidelines for the 2013 graduation rites, she said.
The 2013 graduation rites should focus on the theme “Building the Nation’s Future Leaders through the K to 12 Basic Education Program” scheduled either on March 18 or 19, Luistro said.
The graduation rites should be conducted in an appropriate solemn ceremony and not used as a political forum, in line with the government’s austerity program, Luistro said.
He also said:
*Public school heads, teachers and other DepEd personnel should not be allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for the graduation rites;
*PTAs may give donations in cash or in kind for the graduation ceremonies and celebrations;
*No non-academic projects should be imposed as requirements for graduation;
*No extravagant special attire or extraordinary venue for the ceremonies should be required;
*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 baggage of extra cost and excessive spending; and
*Contributions for the annual yearbook, if any, should be on a voluntary basis.*CPG