Most UP campuses in favor of changing academic calendar

By Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 10 2014 06:19 PM | Updated as of Jan 11 2014 02:19 AM

MANILA - The proposal of the University of the Philippines (UP) to change the academic calendar and move the school opening from June to August has yet to be approved by the UP Board of Regents, the university's highest policy-making body.

But UP vice president for public affairs Prospero de Vera said among UP's constituent universities nationwide -- Diliman, Los Baños, Manila, Baguio, Visayas, Mindanao, Open University, an autonomous College in Cebu -- only the University Council in Diliman has asked for time for further consultation, while the other UP campuses have already finished with theirs and expressed readiness for the shift.

If approved, de Vera said the shift will logically include their elementary and high school students enrolled in UP's various basic education programs nationwide: UP Integrated School in Quezon City, UP Rural High School in Los Baños, and UP high school in Iloilo.

De Vera explained these are laboratory schools of the UP College of Education and are therefore under the jurisdiction of UP and not the Department of Education (DepEd).

DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo agreed.

De Vera said the UP administration does not see any problem with the change in the academic calendar.

In fact, some UP campuses already want the new school calendar implemented this year, he said.