DepEd reiterates strict compliance on voluntary school contributions

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011


THE Department of Education is reiterating strict compliance to the implementing policies on the collection of voluntary school contributions (VSCs) with the start of school year 2011-2012 next week.

In DepEd Order 41-2011 addressed to the agency's regional directors, schools division/city superintendents as well as heads of public elementary and secondary schools, it stressed that "no fees shall be collected from school children in kindergarten up to grade 4 anytime during the school year."

No fees shall also be collected from grade 5 pupils to fourth year high school students from June to July 2011.

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However, starting August 2011 until the end of this school year, VSCs that could be collected should only be for Boy and Girl Scouts of the Philippines at P50 per student; anti-TB fund drive at P50/student; school publication membership fee at P60 for every elementary pupil and P90 for high school student.

The membership fee in a pupil or student organization shall be based on existing school policies while the board of director shall determine that of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA).

But the Order stressed that the PTA may collect contributions starting August only after presenting to their members and to the school head/principal a report on the utilization of the previous school year's collections and the SY 2011-2012 proposed budget with program of activities.

DepEd also enjoined PTAs to refrain from setting exorbitant amounts for VSCs. In consideration of the many expenses that parents incur in sending their children to school, the PTAs should minimize the amount of contributions for graduation ceremonies and extra-curricular activities as well as minimize requests for in-kind contributions.

“Contributions 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 Order stressed. The amount shall be agreed upon during the PTA general assembly and shall be concurred by the school head/principal, with the “concurrence not to be interpreted as those collections being mandatory payments.”
In no case shall non-payment of VSCs be made as basis for non-admission, non-promotion or non-issuance of clearance to a student by the school concerned, the DepEd ruled. "Non-compliance to the provisions on the collection of VSCs shall be ground for cancellation of the PTA's recognition and/or filing of appropriate charges."

The agency also reiterated that no teacher, school official or school personnel collects fees or contributions, nor shall they be entrusted with the safekeeping and disbursement of collections made by the PTA. “They are also prohibited from selling or requiring the purchase of locally-produced workbooks, instructional materials, test booklets, school supplies and other items.” (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 31, 2011.

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