School returns 'graduation contribution' to students

The Manaoag National High School in Pangasinan returned to graduating students their "graduation contribution" after a parent complained.

The complaint that became the talk of the town was lodged before the Pangasinan II division office of the Department of Education (DepEd), prompting the school to refund each graduating student P365.

MNHS principal Rebecca Cansino told GMA News Dagupan that many parents were not happy with the complaint because majority of them, apparently, were willing to contribute.

Simple graduation rites were held Friday, March 27.

In an interview, Cansino said the school borrowed the sound system from the local government. The school funds, on the other hand, had been used for toga rentals and production of the diplomas, according to the report.

Provisions of Deped Order No. 3 Series of 2015 state that "graduation rites should be simple but meaningful affairs" and must be "conducted without excessive spending, extravagant attire, or extraordinary venue."

"Expenses relative to the Graduation Rites should be charged to the school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) under the 2015 Budget," the Order stated. "Any DepEd personnel should not be allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution."