Charges await teachers collecting school fees – warns DepEd

June 1, 2009 1:31 pm 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, June 1 — Teachers found collecting fees from their pupils will be charged administratively if there are formal complaints from parents, Department of Education (DepEd) authorities said Monday.

DepEd regional director Mario Ramirez said that there are verifying complaints that some schools have violated a recent DepEd order that prohibits the collection fees.

“DepEd order No. 48 s. 2009 states that there absolutely will be no collection of fees during the enrollment period and the first month of class at all levels,” Ramirez said.

However, he said for students in Grade 5 to fourth year high school, contributions for Boys Scout of the Philippines (BSP), Girl Scout of the Philippines (GSP), Parents and Teachers Council Association (PTCA), Red Cross Anti-TB fund and school publications may be collected starting July but only on voluntarily basis.

Ramirez stressed that there will be collection of fees for the entire school year for pupils in preschool to Grade 4.

He also said that parents do not have to spend for their children’s identification cards as Education Secretary Jesli Lapuz has instructed school heads to purchase student Ids using the school’s Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).

President Arroyo, last year has directed DepEd to allow students to go to school without having to wear their school uniform.

Ramirez despite complaints his office received, the DepEd is having difficulty verifying reports of non-compliance, as parent have yet to file formal complaints or at least visit the DepEd regional office.

The DepEd regional director reiterated that collections made by teachers in violation of the order would be returned to parents including those collected by Parents-Teachers Association officials.

He said that teachers and school heads violating such order will be charged administratively in case of a verified complaint or if DepEd investigation proves that such violations had happened. (PNA) FFC/PS

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