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Student Uniforms Not Required in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools




Pursuant to DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2008 and DepEd Order No. 46, s. 2008, wearing of school uniform is not mandatory in public schools.

DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2008

STUDENT UNIFORMS NOT REQUIRED IN PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

To:




Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau/Center/Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Chiefs of Divisions

To increase school participation of all school-aged children, it is important to remove any and all obstacles, particularly financial, to their enrolment in public schools. Accordingly, the President has ordered the following:




  1. The wearing of a school uniform shall not be required in public schools
  2. Identification (ID) cards shall be provided to students at no cost to them. The school administration shall fund these from their MOOE.

Students with existing uniforms may continue using these uniforms, if they so desire, in order to avoid incurring additional costs for new attire.

For immediate dissemination and strict compliance.

JESLI A. LAPUS
Secretary




DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2008


While the general policy is that the wearing of a school uniform shall not be required in public schools, it is necessary to provide guidance on what constitutes proper school attire.

DepEd Order No. 46, s. 2008

To:

Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau/Center/Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents Chief of Divisions

PROPER SCHOOL ATTIRE

While the general policy is that the wearing of a school uniform shall not be required in public schools (as embodied in DepEd Order No. 45 s. 2008), it is necessary to provide guidance on what constitutes proper school attire. The following principles should serve as a guide:

  1. A student’s basic right to go to school, study and learn is of paramount importance and should be respected and promoted at all times.
  2. A student’s attire should reflect respect for the school as an institution for learning.
  3. A student’s attire should not become a cause for discrimination particularly for students belonging to a lower socio-economic status.
  4. Promoting physical hygiene and proper school decorum is part of the teaching learning process in schools, thus a student’s attire and physical appearance should manifest learnings from this process.

Given the above principles, the suggested attire for elementary and secondary students may be:

For Boys – Polo shirt/T-shirt with sleeves – any plain color, with a minimum of prints Pants (long or short) – any color

Footwear – any

For Girls – Dress, skirt and blouse, blouse and pants – any color, any print Footwear-any

For students with existing uniforms, they can still continue wearing them, if they so desire.

Students are discouraged from wearing expensive (signature or designer brands) or flashy clothes, tight-fitting pants/blouses/dresses, mini-skirts, short shorts, blouses with plunging necklines, hip-hop pants for boys, and sleepwear.

For immediate dissemination and strict compliance.

JESLI A. LAPUS
Secretary

DepEd Order No. 46, s. 2008

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