Public school students are not required to wear school uniforms, Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Monday.

In a statement, Duterte-Carpio said public school students were not required to wear uniforms even before the pandemic to not add to their families’ financial trouble.

“Even before the pandemic, it is not a strict requirement for public schools to wear uniforms (DepEd Order No. 065, s. 2010) to avoid incurring additional costs to the families of our learners,” she said.

“All the more that it will not be required this school year given the increasing prices and economic losses due to the pandemic,” she added.

Basic education classes for school year 2022 to 2023 will start on Aug. 22.

The Department of Education has given schools until Oct. 31, 2022 to prepare for a transition to a schedule that contains five days of face-to-face (F2F) classes.

Schools are required to implement full F2F classes by Nov. 2. John Ezekiel J. Hirro