The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is eyeing on the idea of moving the opening of classes to August for the State Universities and College (SUCs) and CHED-accredited Local Colleges and Universities (LCUS).
According to Prospero de Vera, CHED OIC and spokesperson, an August school opening will allow for an unhampered implementation of the Free College Education law in compliance with the cash-based budgeting system where agencies are required to spend all their budget by December or lose it.
The proposed 2019 cash-based budget will run counter to CHED’s mandate to implement the Free College law since the fiscal year, which starts in January and ends in December, is incongruent with the academic year of most SUCs and LCUs.
De Vera also added that they are currently eyeing 2020 as the academic year has already started. He also addressed that the August school opening will be beneficial for SUCs “because, under a cash-based budget within the existing academic calendar, they won’t get their income which they can use for their operation” until the end of the second semester.