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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Commission on Higher Education Learns the Proposal to Change School Class Opening

Amid the proposals from the country's biggest universities to move the opening of classes to August or September, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Saturday said that an official recommendation from the agency might be released this March. In an official statement, CHED said that a technical working group is underway to "do a more thorough study" if all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) should really shift into September opening of classes. CHED said that it will also work on the proposals submitted by HEIs that intend to move the opening of classes from June to September in preparation of the ASEAN integration in 2015. Chairperson Licuanan said that CHED will also have to study the academic calendar shift further. At this time, she believes that the shift may not be be for everyone adding that the move to September opening may be ok for selective schools but may not really be advantageous for all. Last year the country's biggest universities including Universities of Philippines (UP), Universities of Santo Tomas (UST), De La Salle University (DLSU) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) expressed their intent to move the opening of academic calendar to September. To date no official decision has been made by the said HEIs. In an earlier interview, CHED National Capital Region (NCR) Director Castaneda said that schools that have autonomous status can decide to shift the opening of the academic year granted that these HEIs will inform the CHED about their intention. The said HEIs all have been given the "autonomous status" allowing universities to design their own curricula, offer new programs and put up branches or satellite campuses without having to secure permits, confer honorary degrees and carry out operations without much interference from CHED.     
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