Schools moving up ceremony - is it essential?
THE K-12 program provides two graduation rites, one after grade six and another after completion of Senior High School. Likewise, there are also two moving up ceremonies, one in kindergarten and in grade ten. Both ceremonies focus on the theme “Mag-aaral ng K to 12: Handa sa Hamon ng Buhay” or translated in English “K to 12 Learners: Ready to Face Life’s Challenges”. This theme can be translated in mother tongue depending on geographical locations. Relevant to these ceremonies are the observance of austerity measures specifically regarding fees, politicians as guest speakers, yearbooks, field trips, graduation dinners among others. Except in private schools as long as parents can afford it.
Graduation rites in public schools should be simple but meaningful. It must be a program that encourages the exercise of civil rights in the spirit of community service, and personal responsibility. Deped said that the rites mark a milestone in the life of the learners, however it should be conducted without excessive spending, extravagant attire, or extraordinary venue.
In the same reasoning of such austerity measures, comes the question whether “moving up ceremonies” are essential. Moving up ceremony does not mean the completion of the basic education curriculum. As an example finishing junior high school does not qualify one to enter college, hence the junior moving up ceremony will only mean expenses. Not only on the part of the parents but there are also unseen expenses such as time, money and effort exerted by their teachers during practices in the ceremony. Notwithstanding, the expenses on clothing, make up and travel.
To really defray unnecessary expenses, there should only be one graduation rites to be observed. This is only after finishing Senior High School and that there shall exist a recognition rite for each k 12 program for outstanding students who excelled in academics and extracurricular activities. Laurence E. De Los Santos