MANILA - Youth groups on Monday criticized the decision of the University of the Philippines to adjust the opening of classes from June to August.
Kabataan party-list group said the UP Board of Regents should explain why it forced changes in the academic calendar despite opposition from student groups.
Anakbayan said the state university should prioritize efforts to lower the cost of tuition instead of changing the academic calendar.
"UP cannot proceed without including its Diliman campus. Dapat di nagdecide to approve. Dapat everyone agrees to move the academic calendar... awkward for students paano academic meetings. These are the questions that need to be answered by the Board of Regents why they forced the issue despite the opposition. UP should be more concerned about increasing the access of poor students to education," Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon said.
Anakbayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo added: "Ang pagresolba should be towards increasing access to tertiary education hindi yung ganyang hakbangin. Pakiramdam namin magkakaproblema sa access ng ibang kababayan sa tertiary education."
Ridon and Crisostomo said adopting changes in the school calendar will not necessarily make Philippine schools more competitive.
Crisostomo said universities should not change the academic calendar just to cater to foreign students.
"Bakit uunahin natin yung interes ng foreign students? Ilang porsyento ba yan o bakit yung mag-aaral sa ibang bansa napakaliit na bahagi para palitan natin yung buong kalendaryo ng educational system," he said.