No more togas for elementary students?
MANILA – A lawmaker is proposing a bill that would prohibit elementary students from wearing togas during their graduation rites.
Sorsogon 1st district Rep. Evelina Escudero filed House Bill 2374, which provides that togas should only be allowed in graduation rites in secondary schools, tertiary and higher educational institutions.
In a statement, Escudero said letting elementary students wear togas during graduation may “stunt their ambition.”
“The toga is a symbol of triumph, achievement and status. Allowing grade school pupils to wear a toga during graduation ceremonies will give them false impression that finishing elementary school is already a major educational achievement,” she said.
The lawmaker also cited the additional expense of renting or buying a toga, which she said is an additional burden on parents.
“We must instill ambition and encourage them to strive for more education. We must help them understand that in order to have a fighting chance at success, they need to at least finish secondary school,” Escudero said.
“After all, in our highly competitive world, these have become the graduation rites of real significance.”
The Department of Education (DepEd) will be mandated to issue to necessary rules, regulations, orders and circulars for the bill, if passed.
Early this year, DepEd released a memo to public schools saying that graduation rites “should not be exercised in splurging and display of pomp and pageantry, but should be Spartan affairs which exhort civic duties, sense of community.”
It also reminded schools about the “no extravagant special attire or extraordinary venue” guideline.