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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DepEd readies for Oplan Balik Eskwela, bats for no collection policy

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd)-Zamboanga City Schools Division announced on Monday that all is set for the opening of classes on June 1 and it is strictly implementing the “No Collection Policy” in all public elementary and secondary schools in the city.

In a press conference, Dr. Rosalio Conturno Jr., chief education supervisor and the division’s officer-in-charge said his office had organized a monitoring committee that would respond to problems encountered during enrolment.

Doctor Cunturno emphasized the guidelines that every public school must adhere during enrolment, particularly the DepEd’s “No Collection Policy.”

“Some of the schools here started the enrollment last week up to this coming Friday. They are not allowed to collect any amount and must follow the policy,” he said.

Based on the guidelines of DepEd Order No. 41 series of 2012, no fees shall be collected from schoolchildren enrolling in pre­school up to Grade 4 during the enrolment period and at any time during the school year.

The prohibition shall not cover the authorized but voluntary contributions such as Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Red Cross, Anti-Tuberculosis (TB) Fund and Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), among others.

Moreover, for grade and year levels beyond Grade 4, no collection of any type should be undertaken during the enrolment period and the first month of classes. Starting on the second month of every school year, contributions may be collected, but only on a voluntary basis.

“Schools will start the collection of fees that are authorized by DepEd on the month of August which are purely voluntary and not compulsory,” said Dr. Cunturno. 

(with reports from Shiela May Aquino)