CEAP for simple graduation ceremonies

February 20, 2013 10:46 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Feb. 20 — The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) supported the drive of the Department of Education (DepEd) to make graduation ceremonies simple yet memorable.

Father Greg Banaga, CEAP President said that it is not necessary to have extravagant or fashion show-like graduation ceremonies considering the hard times.

“Sana gawin nating simple at payak ang ating mga graduation ceremonies, kasi medyo umaangal na rin ang ibang mga magulang na masyadong mabongga ang graduation rites, mahirap ang buhay, mahirap humanap ng pambayad sa mga graduation fees. Kung puwede sana,hindi maging pageant o fashion show ang ating mga graduation ceremonies,” he said in an interview over Catholic church-run Radio Veritas.

With this, Banaga advised parents to spend the money to other important things or basic needs of the family.

He also criticized the annual celebration of Junior/Senior (JS) prom of 3rd year and 4th year high school students for spending too much on their clothes and the celebration itself.

Banaga noted that instead of buying expensive clothes and accessories, students should save the money for their studies.

He also reminded Catholic schools not to encourage the people to spend so much in holding J/S prom and graduation ceremonies.

“Actually hindi naman importante yun, kaya lang nagiging tradition lamang sa kanila pero kung puwedeng iwasan ay iwasan nila,” he added.

Earlier, the DepEd has called for austere but meaningful ceremonies. (PNA)

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