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UP Diliman OK’s August school opening

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The University Council of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman approved on Monday the proposal that will allow for the opening of classes in August instead of June.

“The UP Diliman University Council approves the academic calendar shift. Two-hundred-eighty-four voted ‘yes,’ 164 voted ‘no’ and eight abstained,” Student Regent Krista Melgarejo was quoted as saying by the Philippine Collegian, UP Diliman’s official student newspaper.

The calendar shift will be effective this school year 2014-2015.

The approval of the calendar shift came amid criticisms from students and professors protesting the opening of school year which might have a conflict with internship programs, board and bar exams, and conducting classes during the summer months.

Before the approval by the university council, a consultation was conducted in UP’s flagship campus, where 1,834 out of 2,728 students said they approve of the calendar shift.

A faculty referendum was also conducted with 647 of the 954 regular faculty members voting for the shift.

Earlier, the calendar shift supposedly covers all constituent universities of UP except Diliman.

The shift in the academic calendar was proposed to synchronize UP’s calendar with that of other universities from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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