Brigada Eskwela: DepEd Says No More Contest

DepEd made an important statement about Brigada Eskwela

The Department of Education (DepEd) stated that there will be no contest for Brigada Eskwela to avoid solicitation for this activity before the opening of class for this school year.

It has been a part of the education system in the Philippines that a cleanup drive is done. This activity is being participated by teachers, students, and parents/guardians. There are instances that other individuals or groups in the community are participating in the cleanup drive. With this, the “bayanihan” spirit is being introduced to the younger generation, and the older generation is reminded to keep this alive.

Aside from cleaning, there are also efforts to beautify the school campus. Repairs are also being done and replacing destroyed chairs or tables. This year, Brigada Eskwela will run from August 14 to 19. This aims to prepare the 47,678 public schools nationwide for school opening on August 29. 

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In previous years, the DepEd made this a sort of competition. Certain schools are being chosen for the development that was done. However, this year, this will no longer happen.

Based on the report from ABS-CBN News, DepEd is eliminating the contest. This is to avoid soliciting contributions to be used for the school beautification. On the other hand, DepEd Spokesman Undersecretary Michael Poa said that they will continue to give recognition to its partners but there will be no awards that will be given to schools and teachers.

Bawal na po ang solicitation, purely voluntary ang ating bayanihan at Brigada Eskwela,” Poa said, adding that the Hall of Fame Award or Best Implementer Award will no longer be given.

The DepEd spokesperson stressed that this has become a source of pressure on teachers to solicit funds in order to improve the school’s appearance.

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