Department of Education tells schools: No candidates in grad rites

March 05, 2019

THE Department of Education discouraged school officials in inviting candidates during graduation ceremonies.

In a statement, the DepEd said inviting candidates to graduations is not prohibited per se, but it is highly discouraged this election season because it may be misinterpreted as endorsement of candidate by our principals and teachers.

However, if invitation and/or attendance of a candidate is supported by valid and compelling reason, our officials are warned that this cannot degenerate into an endorsement or solicitation of votes.

The graduation speaker should stick to theme, and not bring campaign materials or paraphernalia.

The acts of electioneering and partisan politics are enumerated in earlier issued Department of Education (DepEd) Memorandum, and all officers and employees of DepEd are enjoined to be guided accordingly.

Meanwhile the DepEd clarified that Grade Six pupils will still be made to observe the graduation rites for school year 2018-2019.

DepEd Memorandum No. 025 series of 2019 issued on March 1 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones stated that a proposal to replace the graduation rites with a moving up ceremony for Grade six completers is still under discussion by the Executive Committee.

“Should this be approved, DepEd assures all concerned that this will be announced with sufficient lead time,” the memo added.