DepEd: Graduation rites 2016 should be simple and non-political

The Department of Education (DepEd) has set out the guidelines for the end of school year rites both in public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide with emphasis on simple and non-political graduation rites.

Based on DepEd Order No. 7 series of 2016, the education agency stated that all graduation ceremonies should be scheduled on or before   April 1, 2016 and that the rites should be simple, solemn and meaningful events.

“While we recognize that graduation marks a milestone in one’s life, let our focus be on our sense of community and personal responsibility as graduates whose journey in life has just begun,” Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC emphasized.

In   line   with   the   government's  austerity   program,  DepEd  reiterates  that  graduation   rites should  be   conducted   without  excessive  spending, extravagant  attire, or extraordinary  venue.

It also emphasized that 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.

In public schools, graduation expenses should be   charged to   the   school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses under the 2016 Budget.

“No DepEd personnel should be allowed to collect any graduation/moving  up/closing    ceremony   fees   or   any    kind    of contribution,” Luistro said.

Moreover, Parent-Teachers    Association   may    give   donations   in    cash     or in kind; and that contribution   for   the    annual yearbook, if any,    should   be   on   a voluntary basis.

To maintain the neutrality and non-partisanship of schools, the graduation ceremonies should not be made a venue for political activity or campaigning.  “The   end   of school year 2015-2016    rites   should be   an   appropriate   and   solemn ceremony befitting the   learners   and    their    parents    and    shall    not    be   used    as   a political forum,” Luistro added.

Grade 6 learners who will complete elementary education will get their elementary certificate in a graduation ceremony. Grade 10 learners who will complete junior high school will go through a moving up or completion ceremony and get their junior high school certificate.

Grade 12 learners from schools with DepEd-approved K to 12 transition plan; those who graduated from schools with a permit to operate Senior High School in school year 2014; and those who graduated in International Schools with K to 12 program will all get high school diploma in a graduation ceremony.

The 2016 graduation ceremonies shall focus on the theme Kabataang Mula K to 12, Tagapagdala ng Kaunlaran sa Bansang Pilipinas. The theme highlights K to 12 Basic Education Program as a transformative vehicle for local and national development.

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