In the News, According to Commission on Higher Education CHED the Academic calendar adjustments might remove students’ breaks,
Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Prospero De Vera reiterated that universities and colleges may have a free hand to enforce their schedule changes even if it means of removing school breaks such as Christmas season during December, Summer season during March to May, or implement weekend classes.
“Yung Christmas break after the second week of December, you put a Christmas break because students have to go home, they’re not going home. They’re already at home,” De Vera told reporters in an ambush interview after inspecting Malabon City’s coronavirus response Friday afternoon.
“Isa pa kasing worry ng mga schools is yung may summer break. Eh di, tanggalin mo yung summer break, mag 2 semesters ka ng school year, no more summer,” De Vera added.
“Kasi nga, flexible ka. Hindi ka naman every day, 8-9 a-attend ng klase. Yung iba, twice a week lang magme-meet because everything now is done on a flexible manner,” De Vera said, when asked if he is in favor of Saturday and Sunday class implementations.
The comments came after the latest calls from the students urging to “ease” the academic year, owing the needs to adjust from their home-based learning.
The departmemt earlier brushed off the thought of “freezing”, meaning that the academic year would be suspended until the spread of COVID-19 is declared under control.
“The danger of coming up with a one-size-fits-all-policy is that it does not respond to the conditions on the ground,” De Vera said of the proposal for an academic freeze.
He also said that universities already implemented some sort to ease the burdens among the learners, such as delaying the first semester opening, systems of pass-all, and extended school requirement submission time.
“The universities are already doing that. We have already given them instructions to be flexible,” De Vera said.
“Sabi ko sa mga schools, if you are not ready, wag magbukas. Several schools need another round of consultation, and they moved the opening of their classes,” De Vera added.
The commission said that some schools are already using different flexible learning and teaching modes from June to August, while other institutions are allowed to open the academic year for this month or October.
According to De Vera, the institutions can open as late as November so long as the teachers and students are not put into disadvantages.
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