DepEd gives schools 'discretion' to decide continuation of graduation, moving up ceremonies amid COVID-19 threat


The Department of Education (DEPED) gave the final decision to school heads nationwide on whether or not to continue the celebration of graduation rites and moving up ceremonies of students amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Department of Education (DEPED) gave the final decision to school heads nationwide on whether or not to continue the celebration of graduation rites and moving up ceremonies of students amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In an official statement, DEPED advised schools to either reschedule their graduation and moving up ceremonies within April 13-17 or cancel it altogether.

Earlier, classes in all levels have been suspended as a precautionary measure against the growing danger caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the schools affected by the nationwide suspension is Mataas na Paaralan ng Bangkal where in Principal Job A. Ferrer shared DEPED's set of directives to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

Ferrer disclosed their moving up ceremonies will continue although it is moved to another date as advised by the DEPED.

However, he stressed that this decision is not finalized as the situation involving the deadly virus is still developing.

He said they are now mandated to follow the “fifth directive” which strictly prohibits city-wide, off-campus activities such as: seminars, proms, field trips, among others.