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DepEd stresses no collection policy

The Department of Education yesterday reminded all personnel in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide to refrain from imposing and collecting compulsory contributions among their students.

In an official statement, Education Secretary Leonor Briones reiterated that the DepEd is “firm on its goal to provide all Filipino learners with free basic education in public elementary and secondary schools.”

Thus, Briones said, the concerned school personnel must ensure that “collection of authorized contributions must remain voluntary, not compulsory.”

Briones maintained that “contributions should not become monetary constraints for parents and learners, and acknowledges the many expenses they incur just to send their children to school.” (Ina Hernando Malipot)