LAOAG CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) in Ilocos Norte has reiterated its call to all public schools in the province to refrain from collecting money contributions from parents on the onset of school year.
Schools Division Superintendent Vilma Eda warned public school teachers who are found collecting or soliciting money until August of this school year will be sanctioned accordingly.
Eda said the DepEd is clear on the guidelines of no collection policy which is meant to provide free basic education to all learners in public elementary and secondary schools.
DepEd guidelines specify that authorized contributions must remain voluntary and not compulsory.
Among these contributions are for the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Anti-TB Fund Drive, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), and school publication fee.
In previous years, there had been complaints from parents in the province of some school contributions being collected from them.
The DepEd however clarified that school contributions should not hinder parents from sending their children to school. PNA – northboundasia.com