Malacañang has thumbed down the calls for universities and colleges to ease the academic load of students amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the destruction caused by recent successive typhoons.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he sees no reason for “academic ease” since educational institutions have already been flexible under the blended and distance learning scheme being implemented.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in an en banc meeting, he said has agreed to reject the proposal and instead extend the semester to allow students to catch up with the submission of academic requirements.
CHED hasa decided to disallow the proposed academic break and instead opted to extend classes for one or two weeks, he added.
Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali also explained DepEd would not issue an “academic ease” as no country has suspended its reopening of classes, and that colleges and universities have not been strict with deadlines.
The calls for academic ease was prompted by the devastation of thousands of schools by the recent two consecutive typhoons. Other schools are being used as evacuation centers.
On Sunday, youth party-list Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago joined calls for an easing of the academic load to help students, staff, and faculty members affected by typhoons.
Several universities, including De La Salle University. Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, have suspended classes for at least a week following the destruction wrought by the typhoons.