Pursuant to the Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 41, s. 2012 which includes the implementing policies on the collection of voluntary school contributions, the DepEd is firm on its goal to provide all Filipino learners with free basic education in public elementary and secondary schools.
DepEd reminded concerned school personnel that collection of authorized contributions must remain voluntary, not compulsory.
Under the guidelines, these authorized contributions include those made for Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Anti-TB Fund Drive, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), and school publication fee.
The contribution per learner for the BSP and GSP is Php 50.00, Php 35.00 for the PNRC, and Php 5.00 for the Anti-TB Fund Drive.
An exorbitant amount for the PTA contribution must be avoided. This contribution may only be collected after the PTA presents to their members and to the school head/principal a report on the utilization of the previous school year’s collections and their proposed budget with program of activities.
For the school publication fee, no more than sixty pesos (Php 60.00) may be collected from elementary pupils and not more than ninety pesos (Php 90.00) for high school students. Although not mandatory, the publication of the school newspaper is encouraged to promote the journalism program at the elementary and secondary levels.
DepEd maintains 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.
Most importantly, DepEd reiterates that failure to settle these voluntary school contributions shall not be used as a basis for non-admission, non-promotion, or non-issuance of clearance to a student.
This Order is available online at http://www.deped.gov.ph/orders/do-41-s-2012.
source: Deped Website