DepEd probes ‘selling’ of materials for Catch-Up Fridays

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday, March 1, issued a warning against individuals selling or requiring students to buy learning materials to be used for Catch-Up Fridays and other activities in school.

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“The Department reiterates that such acts are strictly prohibited,” DepEd said in a statement.

DepEd said it has received “several complaints” about school personnel selling and requiring learners to buy booklets or workbooks for Catch-Up Fridays as well as other school activities.

Launched in January 2024, Catch-Up Fridays is a learning mechanism intended to strengthen foundational, social, and other relevant skills necessary to realize the objectives of the basic education curriculum.


DepEd maintained that Catch-Up Fridays and other school activities “must not involve out-of-pocket costs.”

Thus, DepEd reminded parents and learners “not to accommodate and patronize such unauthorized transactions.”

Meanwhile, DepEd said it has already “commenced an investigation” on the matter.

“Any individual found guilty of such scheme shall face appropriate administrative sanctions,” DepEd said.

Related to this, DepEd encouraged the public to report similar incidents directly to the Office of the Secretary at [email protected].