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Shift in school calendar needs more study – dad
by Alma Joy Emiliano

Councilor Peter Fianza said there’s a need to observe and study the possible advantages of the renewed bid to move the opening of classes from June to August.

Fianza, chair of the council committee on education, said he wants to observe the weather first and the possible advantages of moving the academic calendar before considering the proposal.

He said one advantage he sees in the bid to change the academic calendar is that schools will avoid suspension of classes caused by typhoons, which coincide with the opening of classes in June.

However, he said the weather has not been stable lately so the proposal might not serve its purpose.

“If we can see that the weather steadied, then maybe we can already consider the proposal on changing the academic calendar especially in Baguio,” Fianza said.

The councilor also said the Philippines should not be the one adjusting to the academic calendar of other countries because they do not have the same season like ours. He also said not all people in the country are going to other countries to study and vice versa.

Earlier, a militant youth organization hit the renewed bid to change the country’s calendar, saying proponents failed to present concrete advantage of moving the school calendar.

Proponents of the shifting in academic calendar took the initiative, not only because of the weather disturbances but to comply with the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, which, among other things, syncs school programs of Southeast Asian countries.


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