DepEd says proposed Sept. school opening needs further study PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 December 2013 11:31

The Department of Education (DepEd) remains lukewarm on shifting the opening of classes to September in preparation for the country’s integration to the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said this needs further study as he believes that it is incompatible with the weather patterns in the country.

“Our main concern is that if we started classes on September, students might have difficulty concentrating on their studies during the summer months,” Luistro said in an interview with reporters during the signing of the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act No. 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act Friday.

He explained that the country’s rainy season, which traditionally takes place from June to August, has become unpredictable as some of the most destructive typhoons such as “Yolanda,” “Pablo” and “Sendong” struck the country during the last quarter of the year.

The DepEd chief also stated that the higher education will be affected mostly by the ASEAN integration. “Each country in the ASEAN region has their own academic calendar, for example, Singapore starts their classes in January,” according to the secretary.

“Students in primary and secondary schools in the ASEAN are not mobile compared to those who are in colleges and universities,” he added.

The University of the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas are considering revising their calendar to synchronize with universities and colleges in the ASEAN, the United States and Europe and facilitate student and faculty exchange programs.

Under the proposed calendar, the first semester of classes will start in September and end in December while the second semester will begin in January and conclude in June.