DepEd-Kalinga reminds school heads of simple end of school year rites

CITY  OF TABUK, Kalinga, Mar. 30(PIA) - - The Kalinga Schools Division called on heads of schools in the province to hold simple yet meaningful  closing  ceremonies to end school year 2016-2017.


Rodolfo Ballog, Head of School Governance and Operations Division, cited Department Order 8 Series of 2017 urging schools to hold simple commencement ceremonies without cost to students and parents.

Since graduation and similar exercises are occasions to recognize student’s achievements, these should not cause financial burdens to parents, Ballog explained. Meaningful graduation is measured in the achievements of the graduates, not by what they wear and how fashionable they should come, he stressed.  

In a bid to promote socialized and no-cost intensive graduation practices, the  Dept. Order suggests the wearing of school uniforms for graduation instead of buying expensive gowns and attires.

 The   move is part of the reforms in the country’s education system to change mindsets that graduations are times of thanksgiving and recognition, not time of cash-outs.

In line with the no-cost graduation policy, DepEd also asked schools to refrain from collecting fees or require graduating students to give financial contributions as requirement to graduation.

If there are voluntary donations, these should be properly recorded but these are not demanded, Ballog said.

Among public schools in the province,  graduation ceremonies for Grade 6 and 12 learners and  moving-up exercises  for Grade 10 learners are  set on  April 5 and 6 with the theme, “Sabay-sabay na Hakbang Tungo sa Maunlad na Kinabukasan”. By: Larry Lopez (JDP/LL- PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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