Council proposes change in PHL’s school calendar year PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:53

The city council is into a concerted effort lately to have the country’s scheduled school year be patterned that of international standard.

This, after the local legislature approved on first reading, in a recent regular session, a resolution setting the opening of the country’s school year in August instead of June

A subsequent public hearing, held by the council’s education committee, and attended by local public and private school administrators, presidents of three big colleges, like Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), and Zamboanga State Polytechnic College (ZSPC), showed that many are willing to support such move, citing practicality.

“It only shows that the proposed adjustment in the enrollment period from June to August, is a welcome development for the academe sector, since they too, feel that it is practical, as well as, economical,” District 2 Councilor Juan Climaco ‘Kim’ Elago said, over an interview with RPN’s ‘Zamboanga, Tiempo Ya!’ radio program.

Elago, who is one of the prime movers of said move, explained that “under this proposed scheme, classes will open in the month of August, all the way till mid-December, representing first semester, and January to May, representing the school year’s second semester, leaving June and July as summer break”.

Elago said under this scheme, celebrating Christmas parties in schools may no longer be necessary, as first semestral classes close either on the 10th or 15th of December, which is way before Christmas.

On the other hand, he said, “students will also be spared from the risk of furious typhoons that normally visit the country in the month of June or July”.

The lawyer-councilor said that at present, here in Asia, it is only the Philippines, and Ghana, in Africa that start classes in the month of June, while all the rest of the world are having theirs in either August or September.

Elago also cited the case of the University of the Philippines (UP), a prestigious learning institution that operates around 10 campuses nationwide, and which is up to commencing the international school year standard beginning next year.

“While UP starts following the international school year in 2014, its rival institutions like the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), and the De LaSalle University (DLSU), both operating campuses too nationwide, are also conducting feasibility studies now on the re-scheduling their respective school calendars,” Elago revealed..

Once said resolution is perfected, Elago said, the Zamboanga City Council will enjoin all other local government units, through its respective legislative bodies to craft same resolutions, to convince the Department of Education (Deped), to formally change the country’s school year, into that of the international one.  —Philip Abuy