MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to UP Professors Ramon Guillermo and Victor Paz about the academic calendar shift.
Stakeholders of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus oppose the shift of the academic calendar year from June-March to August-May.
On February 6, top Philippine universities Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines (UP) announced the shift – effective by 2014 for UP, and 2015 for Ateneo. The initiative was touted as a step towards making the universities more globally competitive and attuned to the global academe. (READ: UP class opening shifts to August in 2014, Ateneo de Manila to start school year in August by 2015)
All campuses of the University of the Philippines System – except for UP Diliman – are covered by the shift. The UP Diliman administration is holding a referendum among faculty members to “assess the sentiment” of its professors. In a press conference on February 24, Monday, faculty members who oppose the shift urged their colleagues to vote against the academic calendar change. (READ: UP Diliman faculty to vote on calendar shift)
The teachers say becoming globally competitive and shifting the calendar are two different things.
The faculty also say the consultation method was flawed. Professor Ramon Guillermo said there was too little input by experts in the academe.
Dr. Victor Paz is a former professor and Executive Director of the Archeology Studies program, a project that takes volunteers for excavations every year. He has been a proactive member of the UP community since his college days.
Watch the interview below.