Cebu City Council reminds public schools against charging enrollment fees

May 20, 2013 10:51 pm 

CEBU CITY, May 20 — The Cebu City Council has appealed to the public schools in the city to avoid collecting “unreasonable” or “unauthorized” contributions from students.

In a resolution authored by Councilor Edgardo Labella, the council said “some misguided city public school teachers and administrators” add to the woes of poor parents of students by initiating the “collection of the so-called voluntary contributions from pupils and students and making the same a pre-requisite for enrolment.”

Labella reminded the teachers that the Department of Education (DepEd) has issued an order mandating the continued implementation of a “no collection policy” in all public elementary and secondary schools for the opening of classes.

”It is also the policy of the State to establish and maintain a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels as mandated by the Philippine Constitution,” he added.

Labella said it is the City Government’s policy to efficiently and effectively implement the constitutional guarantee on free public primary and secondary education as provided for under City Ordinance 1813.

He urged the DepEd Cebu City Schools Division to ensure that the enrollment phase for the schools year 2013-2014 will not be marred by the occurrence of the illegal practice of collecting unreasonable and unauthorized contributions from students or pupils. (PNA)



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