No collection policy
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
With the opening of classes for the new school year getting off the ground in many schools, both public and private, last Monday, all roads lead to where students, pupils, and their parents are. As with any undertaking, that requires resources as the opening of a new school year almost always brings on various kinds of expenses.
The new, or should we say, reiterated directive of the Department of Education, that is the "no collection" policy has once again been emphasized this year as in the past. Thus, no student or pupil is barred from enroling or entering school even if he or she may not yet have given the contributions for memberships in certain organizations like the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, or the Red Cross. What it simply means is that all these authorized contributions for membership, including that for the school publication, are voluntary. The total amount of contributions for the secondary level is P90, while for the elementary it is P60.
Such a directive connects to the fact that primary and secondary public education in the country is free, making parents and guardians spend only for the basics, like school uniform, snacks, and school projects. Books and other reference materials are provided by the schools, oftentimes through the Library Hub under the Department of Education.
At the Department of Education- Negros Oriental Division, many of the school sites that were affected by recent calamities have been rehabilitated. Through the public-private partnership, 105 sites have been repaired at the cost of P156 million.
With the Enhanced Basic Education or K-12 adopted two years ago and implemented immediately, external stakeholders have been assisting the DepEd to ensure that the senior high school program will be successful. To date, the latest enrolment figures reveal that 30 percent of Grade 8 entrants in Negros Oriental have opted for concentration in academics, while more than 50 percent of the students have chosen to go into technical-vocational, sports, or arts and design.
Somehow, with these developments in Negros Oriental as well as the enlightened perspective of most parents regarding K-12, many now say that this should have been implemented a long time ago. We can always start somewhere, in God's perfect timing.*