Palace agreeable to shift school calendar

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NEW ACADEMIC CALENDAR? At least 4 universities have expressed their intent to move the start of their classes to August or September, from June. File photo from by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Amid initiatives to move the nation’s school calendar, Malacañang said on Sunday, January 5 that it is open to the proposal. Some top private universities, such as the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines, are mulling moving the opening of classes in academic year 2014-2015 to August or September, from June. “The decision of 4 of the country’s biggest universities to move the start of their classes are in line with their autonomous status, and with the concept of ASEAN integration,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr in a press briefing over at Radyo ng Bayan. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has already formed a technical working group to examine the school calendar shift proposal. The group is set to convene this month, and aims to provide CHED enough data for a clearer position on the matter by March 2014.

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