By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Public school students and their families no need to worry about purchasing any pair of school uniforms for the upcoming School Year 2022-2023.
Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte issued a directive not to require school uniforms for public school students to lessen the educational expenses of the families concerned.
She pointed out that even before the pandemic, the wearing of school uniforms was no longer mandatory in schools managed and owned by the government.
“Even before the pandemic, it was not a strict requirement for public schools to wear uniforms (DepEd Order No. 065, s. 2010) to avoid incurring additional costs to the families of our learners,” Vice President Duterte explained in a post on her official Facebook page.
“All the more that it will not be required this School Year given the increasing prices and economic losses due to the pandemic,” she added.
Based on online shopping websites, the average terno of school uniforms is at more or less P500 per pair for elementary and P600 per pair for secondary students.
Students and parents are now preparing for the next school year as the opening of classes formally start on August 22 and full face-to-face classes begin on November 2. (ai/mtvn)