Allen, Northern Samar – Students who failed to give voluntary contributions last school year should not be forced to pay upon enrolment and it should not be used by teachers and school heads as reason for not releasing the school forms necessary for enrolment. This was clearly stated by Northern Samar Schools Superintendent Cristito Eco in his speech during the flag raising ceremony last June 2 in Cabacungan Elementary and High Schools, here. Very early in the morning, Eco travelled from Catarman town to these two remote public schools in Allen just to attend the flag raising ceremony which officially signaled the opening of classes. Teachers and school dministrators were surprised upon seeing the superintendent. It was the first time that a schools division superintendent supervised them in the opening of classes.

Eco also made it clear to everybody who attended the flag ceremony that the DepEd is strictly imposing the “no collection policy” upon enrolment. He also warmly welcomed the students and told them to encourage their classmates who were absent to report to school. He was also happy to see some parents cleaning the school campus.

Eco personally inspected all the classrooms and the schools’ premises to determine their readiness in accommodating the pupils and students. In his speech during the flag ceremony, he said that he observed that not all classrooms were ready. He was also dismayed to see pupils and students cleaning the classrooms and school campus. Eco reminded the teachers and school heads of the two schools that cleaning should have been done during the School’s Maintenance Week or Brigada Eskwela so that everything would be ready upon the opening of classes. (GARY A.VACUNAWA)