No collections for Christmas parties.
This was the stern reminder to public schools from the Department of Education, which also exhorted them to keep such parties simple.
He stressed any contribution in public schools should be voluntary.
Luistro also pointed out that while Parents-Teachers Associations may collect financial contributions for the benefit of the students, the fees should be voluntary and agreed upon in a general assembly.
Still, he urged PTAs to minimize the amount of contributions for ceremonies and extra-curricular activities.