MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Education (DepEd) reiterates its policy which strictly prohibits the collection of fees during enrollment in all public schools.
DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said he has reminded all school officials that no fees should be collected from school children in kindergarten up to Grade 4 anytime during school year 2013 to 2014.
For Grade 5 pupils up to fourth year high school students, there should be no collection from June to July 2013.
Luistro explained that while the contributions may be voluntary, the fact that they are collected on the first day of classes may intimidate some parents.
He also warned school officials that non-payment of voluntary school contributions or membership fees should not be a basis for non-admission. -- ANC