General Guidelines On the Opening of Classes

General Guidelines On the Opening of Classes

DepEd Order No 41 s. 2011

All Concerns,

Pursuant to the constitutional mandate to provide all Filipino learners with fee basic education in public elementary and secondary schools, and to achieve the countries target for Millennium Development Goal on universal primary education and this Departments objective of education for all in 2015, there is an urgent need to minimize, if not to eliminate, financial constraint among parents/guardians during the opening of classes and to implement effective school - classroom management.

Accordingly, the implementing policies on the collection of voluntary school contributions shall be observed.

a. No fees shall be collected from schoolchildren in Kindergarten up to Grade 4 anytime during the school year SY 2011-2012.

b. No fees shall be collected from Grade 5 pupils to 4thy year high school student from June to July 2011. However, starting Aug 2011 until the end of this SY, the contribution shown in the table through this link.

http://www.deped.gov.ph/cpanel/uploads/issuanceImg/DO%20No.%2041,%20s.%202011.pdf

The PTA can collect contribution starting August only after presenting to their members and to the school head a Report on the Utilization of the Previous School Year Collections and the SY 2011-2012 proposed budget with program of activities.

The amount of contribution to the PTA should be agreed upon during the General Assembly pursuant to the DepED ORder No. 54 s 2009 and shall be concurred to by the school head.

The PTA are enjoined to refrain from setting exorbitant amounts for voluntary school contributions. The PTA are encouraged to minimized the amount of contributions for graduation ceremonies and extra curricular activities.

The contribution to the PTA shall be on a per member basis regardless of the number of children that the member has enrolled in the school.

The school publication is not mandatory but strongly encouraged inline with the promotion of campus journalism. Every Elementary pupil shall not pay more than P60 and every highschool student shall not pay P90 per DepED Order No. 19s. 2008.

No teacher, school personnel shall collect fees or contributions nor shall be entrusted with the safekeeping and disbursement of collections made by the PTA pursuant to the Code of Ethics for Prefessional Teachers.

Teachers shall not act directly or indirectly as agent of nor be financially interested in any commercial venture of which they can exercise official influence. Hence teachers and all school personnel are prohibited from selling or requiring the purchase of locally produced workbooks, instructional materials, test booklets school supplies and other items.

Non-compliance of the provision on the collection of voluntary school contributions shall be a ground for cancellation of the PTA's recognition and or filing or appropriate charges as teh case may be.

For details: http://www.deped.gov.ph/cpanel/uploads/issuanceImg/DO%20No.%2041,%20s.%202011.pdf

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