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Graduation ceremonies for batch 2012 graduates will have an added feature, aside from the usual valedictory address and the message of the guest speaker.

The school principal of the public elementary and high school must also deliver the State of the School Address (SOSA), said Genis Murallos, OIC-City Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education (DepEd) of this city.

In a phone patch interview in the weekly radio program Media Forum live over dyDM this morning, Murallos said the SOSA will be an avenue for the school heads to inform the school’s stakeholders on how financial resources received by the school, including the allotted maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), were spent.

It will also serve as an opportunity to foster transparency and accountability, to let the school-based community know how things were going for the school, including plans and improvements, Murallos said.

Murallos said the SOSA speech should not take long of about a maximum of five minutes.

This year’s closing rites in schools as scheduled in the DepEd calendar will be on March 28 and 29, but Murallos said he allowed to have March 30 as graduation day so as not to strain the activities for just two days.

But he stressed that he had drafted a uniform program as a standard template for schools in the conduct of their respective graduation ceremonies.

As to monetary contributions that may sometimes pose as a stumbling block for students to have their clearances signed, especially the graduating class, Murallos said DepEd has maintained that non-payment of dues should not be a cause for denying a student the right to graduate.

He added that these agreed contributions are voluntary in nature and are coursed through the parent-teacher associations, not directly collected by the teachers.

Meanwhile, Murallos reported that on March 9 there will be a meeting of the management committee, in which one of the agenda considered for discussion was the plan to open a Maasin Sports Academy for student players or athletes for the next school year 2012-2013.

 
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