School Year Ends This Week; for 18-M Public High School, Elementary Students

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Byline: TONY PE. RIMANDO

The countryas more than 18 million public and private elementary and secondary school children will officially end their classes for the current school year on Friday, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

Acting Education Secretary Fe Agudo Hidalgo said the school calendar for 2005-2006, which started on June 6 last year, consists of 210 days, considered one of the longest, as indicated in DepEd Order No. 10, series of 2005.

Unlike in the previous school year when elementary schools opened one week earlier than high schools, both levels began simultaneously this school year, it was noted.

Hidalgo said school commencement exercises may be held any day after March 31 usually depending on arrangements made by school administrators, teachers, and parents of graduating students.

The DepEd acting chief reminded school principals and teachers to strictly follow agency policy in the staging of graduation rites which carry the common theme "Crossing the Thresholds: From Learning the Basics to Learning for Life."

Hidalgo said the policy, as stipulated in DepEd Order No. 9, series of 2006, prohibits, among other things, the collection of any graduation fee, the wearing of expensive graduation attire, the staging of the school year-end ceremony in costly venues, the imposition of non-academic project as a requirement for graduation, and the compulsory contribution for the annual yearbook. …