Deped received information that some parents were complaining this early about schools collecting fees for the party.
Christmas parties should be simple, with no need for elegant preparations.
Students and parents are not required to contribute money and strictly observe the “no compulsory collection” policy in the holding of Christmas parties, especially in public schools is strictly prohibited, warning that administrative charges await those who will violate the DepEd memorandum.
According to DepEd Secretary Briones in PTV website said, “We’re just reiterating an earlier memorandum from 2009, contributions for celebrations should be strictly voluntary, walang sapilitan (no one will be obliged to give),”
Briones added that Christmas decorations in classrooms and schools should be simple and inexpensive.
“Recycled decorations would do… those who have been covering us for many years might say, [our decorations are] have been the same, and this is a very common practice here,” she said.
Stressing that gift-giving must be done in the spirit of sharing, Briones reminded teachers and students to refrain from extravagant spending.
Christmas break for elementary and secondary public schools nationwide will start on December 15, 2019, and classes will resume on January 6, 2020.