Tulfo proposes ‘No Collection Policy’ in public schools

Senator Raffy Tulfo filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 2420, forbidding the mandatory collection of any contributions from students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools.

The bill entitled “An Act Mandating All Public Elementary and Secondary Schools To Implement a No Collection Policy” aims to help parents and students in public schools, who usually originate from the families that have been financially struggling because of the compulsory contributions that also discourage them from continuing their education. 


"By implementing a no collection policy in public schools, this bill seeks to eliminate the barriers that hinder the enrollment and retention of students. Families with limited financial means will no longer face out-of-pocket costs associated with sending their children to school, thus promoting inclusivity and equal opportunities in education," according to the bill.


According to SB No. 2420, no contributions will be collected from preschool until fourth grade during the enrollment period or at any other time during the academic year.  Meanwhile, for students beyond fourth grade, no fees shall be collected during the enrollment period until the first month of classes but membership contributions may be collected only on a voluntary basis thereafter.


The basis of Senator Tulfo's proposed legislation is under the constitutional mandate for the provision to provide free elementary and secondary education in public schools. Lastly, the bill is consistent with the country's commitment in fulfilling the Education for All (EFA) Plan 2015 and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), notably with regard to primary school enrollment. 


Link: http://legacy.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2023/0905_tulfo1.asp 



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