Friday, January 21, 2011
'Be Solemn and Austere on 2011 Graduation Exercises' - DepEd
Just like in its previous pronouncement over the years, DepEd has emphasizes austerity measures and solemnity in the holding of graduation exercises as the school year ends.
In a department order released on January 17, 2011, DepEd Order No. 4, s. 2011, reminded schools of DepEd Order No. 8, s. 2005 which states that school heads, teachers and other DepEd personnel are not allowed any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for graduation rites. PTA may solicit voluntary contributions from each members but warn of teachers and school head involvement in the collection process. It furthers that the graduation rites should be conducted in an appropriate solemn ceremony befitting the graduating students and parents and shall not be used as a venue for political forum.
The graduation rites shall be scheduled any day between April 1- 7, 2011 as corrected by DepEd Order No. 7, 2011 (Change in DepEd Order No. 4, s. 2011 which earlier dated it March 24- 28) focusing on the them “The Graduate: A Partner Towards Transformational Society, An Answer to Societal Changes” (Ang Mga Magsisipagtapos: Kaagapay Tungo sa Pagbabagong Anyo ng Lipunan, Tugon sa Hamon ng Sambayanan).