No semestral break for college students PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 September 2013 13:46

College students, say goodbye to your semestral breaks.

The cancellation of the semestral break will be one of the measures to be adopted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in order to comply with the necessary academic hours, following the almost three-week suspension of classes in the City due to the ongoing conflict with the Misuari faction.

In addition to the cancellation of the semestral break, CHED will likewise implement the extension of teaching hours, the introduction of e-learning and alternative learning systems and the postponement of extracurricular activities such as the palaro.

Classes for the 16 higher education institutions in the City will remain suspended, and will resume upon the authorization of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), said CHED Regional Director Emmylou Yanga during a press briefing Thursday, September 26.

This is to ensure the safety of all students, and faculty and staff, said Yanga.

Meanwhile, classes in elementary and secondary schools outside the conflict areas resumed Wednesday, September 25 in compliance with the CMC’s call for the resumption of classes outside the conflict zones.

One hundred fifty two out of the 168 schools outside the conflict area resumed classes, while 16 deferred operations due to security concerns.

However, only 2,539 out of the 197,270 total student population reported for the opening of classes, said Division of City Schools OIC Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad.

“Although the turnout is low because of people’s apprehension—we are confident that barangay officials, tanods and other volunteers are doing their fair share to support the security needs of our children and teachers,” said Mayor Beng Climaco.

“We need everybody’s support and cooperation to help keep our city running,” she added. — Jasmine Mohammadsali