Income losses seen in change of academic calendar

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Friday, February 28, 2014

CHANGES in the academic calendar may incur huge income losses for schools if these will not be implemented from the elementary to tertiary levels, an official said.

Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Davao regional director Dr. Raul C. Alvarez Jr., who graced Thursday's edition of Kapehan sa Abreeza at the Abreeza Mall, said if only colleges and universities will change the opening of their classes from June to August, it will give them a lull in operations for five months, from April to August.

"If you have a lull in the operation for five months, you still have to pay for some employees, power, and water, among others," he said.


Alvarez estimated that losses, for the whole education system, will run from P20 billion to P25 billion.

He said private schools will be the ones that will be badly hit by the changes in the academic calendar.

Alvarez, in his opinion, said if there will be a change in the academic calendar it should include all the levels of education so that there will be synchronization.

"If the basic education changes or moves its academic calender then the higher education should follow or vice versa. They should be changed all together, not one by one," he said.

Earlier this month, the University of the Philippines (UP) system announced that classes for UP Manila, Los Baños, Baguio, Cebu, Visayas and Mindanao, and UP Open University will begin in August and end in May wherein the first semester will be from August to December and the second from January to May. Ateneo de Manila University also announced changes in academic calendar for 2015-2016 for its Loyola campus and its graduate schools.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 28, 2014.


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