Mass promotion a disadvantage for scholars, Latin honor candidates: CHED chief

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2020 08:29 PM | Updated as of Apr 21 2020 02:11 AM

MANILA - Mass promotion in universities may be disadvantageous for students in need of numeric grades, such as those maintaining scholarships or aspiring for Latin honors, the head of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said Monday.

“Madaming mga nakatuntong na issue ‘pag ikaw ay nag-mass promote at may mga problemang mangyayari kaya ito’y hindi madaling desisyon nagawin ng ano mang pamantasan kasi babalansehin mo lahat ng interes ng mga estudyante at faculty,” CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera said in an interview with radio DZMM.

(There are many issues surrounding mass promotion and it may cause problems, that’s why it’s not an easy decision for any university because you need to balance the interests of the students and faculty.)

Under a mass promotion scheme, students will receive passing mark instead of numeric grades.

De Vera said passing marks may be disadvantageous for those aspiring for Latin honors, maintaining scholarships, or entering graduate studies that require numeric grades.

“Bagama’t maganda pakinggan ang mass promotion at bigyan sila ng pass, hindi dapat ito gawin, as far as UP is concerned, dahil maaagrabyado naman ang ibang estudyanteng nangangailangan ng numeric grade,” he said.

(While mass promotion sounds nice, it should not be done, as far as UP is concerned, because other students in need of numeric grades will feel aggrieved.)

He was referring to the recent decision of the University of the Philippines Board of Regents, which decided to end the state university’s current semester on April 30 but continue academic work for students and faculty under a deferred grade scheme.

Earlier, the CHED said it would be up to universities and colleges to decide whether it would mass promote students after the coronavirus pandemic halted classes in the country.