UA&P keeps June opening for classes

UA&P keeps June opening for classes

by Lorenz Visco on December 17, 2014 - 5:28 pm


While some higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country are preparing to move the start of their academic calendars to August, UA&P won’t be following suit any time soon. The University will be taking a cautious approach in deciding on shifting the beginning of the school year (SY), but for now, will be keeping the June opening prescribed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

A statement released by CHED advised against changing the academic calendar saying: “What ought to be a common concern for all Philippine HEIs is providing the requisite academic hours within an academic calendar year, setting sights on establishing and sustaining the quality of academic programs, and producing Filipino graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and values necessary to meet the needs of the country and the challenges of the 21st century.”

The statement also said that shifting the school year will do little to minimize class suspensions due to heavy rains and typhoons, and the June opening is better harmonized with the schedule of basic education classes. Addressing the issues of internationalization and ASEAN integration, CHED recommended intensifying quality assurance, capacity-building, and institutional development programs as the best ways to engage with the global academic community.

UA&P will be taking into account the experience of HEIs who will be making the shift, but the earliest the University will consider making changes will be SY 2018-2019, after the full implementation of K-12.

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