Malacañang is open to the idea of moving the start of classes in August or September from the usual June.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Sunday said the top four schools in the country, the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), University of Sto. Tomas (UST) and the De La Salle University (DLSU) are “in line with their autonomous status, and with the concept of ASEAN integration.”
UP and Ateneo is planning for an August school opening while UST and La Salle are targeting September as their opening of classes for students. All schools in the country usually open in June.
Coloma said they are leaving it up to the Congress and other independent government agencies to decide if they are approved of the proposal.
“The proposal is also the country’s response to calls for ASEAN mobility, or the freedom of citizens of ASEAN member-countries to study in schools with international orientation, and to use their skiils and talents in various professions,” said Coloma.
However, Coloma explained that if colleges will alter their school calendar, elementary and high school calendar will be changed as well.
“Let us also consider that if we change the school calendar of all colleges and universities, the academic calendar of the elementary and secondary schools would be affected as well,” he explained.
But Coloma said before such happens, legislators will have to conduct a nationwide consultation of all affected parties especially that students are very accustomed with starting their classes in June.