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UP Diliman professors show opposition on calendar shift

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Is the Philippines’ pioneer school, University of the Philippines, being market driven or pro-international students?

Either way, it would be bad for the State University pushing for “market-driven global competitiveness,” according to a group composed of UP professors who trooped to the University to protest the calendar shit of the university from June-March to August-May.

Clad in their official academic costume “sablay,” the UP professors held a press conference at the Vinzons Hall in UP Diliman, Quezon City to oppose the school’s plan to shift the opening of classes.

“The nature of opposition is both procedural and political,” the group said in a statement.

Only UP Diliman did not follow the calendar shift.

Does not fit

In an open letter addressed to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)by Dr. Doracie Nantes was scored by the group and said the new school calendar does not fit the Philippines for it is an agriculture country.

Nantes, a former UP professor who is now teaching at the Australia National University, said most Filipino families ar pay tuition after the harvest season every April-May and October-November.

“How do we account for the negative implications of this change in academic calendar in relation to the availability of disposable income among farming and fishing families who like any other families in our country would like to send their young members to college so they can get better chances of being employed in less-taxing and better compensated jobs?” she asked.

The group also said that the new school calendar only benefits international students who are accustomed with August-May classes, also citing it as “market-driven global competitiveness.”

“UP education is being thoroughly denationalized to make it a more attractive commodity in the global educational marketplace. Instead of addressing social equity, democratization and improved accessibility, the UP Administration is prioritizing international student mobility,” the group said in an earlier statement.

Other UP professors who were present during the press conference were Dr. Emmanuel De Dios (UP School of Economics), Dr. Eduardo Tadem (Asian Center), Dr. Victor Paz (Archaeological Studies Program), Dr. Ramon Guillermo (College of Arts and Letters), Dr. Gerry Lanuza (College of Social Science and Philosophy) and Prof. Marivic Raquiza (National Center for Public Administration and Governance).

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