Why the DepEd is wary of changing schools' opening

Posted at 01/23/14 2:52 AM

MANILA – Revising the school calendar that would change the opening of classes from June to September poses a problem for the country's basic education system, according to a Department of Education (DepEd) official.

DepEd Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Mateo said that while the department is open to the said proposal, which is in line with the ASEAN integration in 2015, they are still studying factors that might affect elementary and high school students.

"Halimbawa 'yung mga piyesta, nangyayari, siyempre, 'yung mga bata… kill-joy 'yan kapag May, Flores De Mayo. Pangalawa, Holy Week, sine-celebrate din 'yan di ba?" he said in an interview with Anthony Taberna on "News+".

Mateo said the most important factor the DepEd is considering is the temperature which can be extremely hot during the summer season.

He said in 1965, an attempt to move elementary and high school classes to September was junked because of such factors.

"Ang importante dito 'yung temperature, napakainit [tuwing summer]. Ngayon kung lalagyan naman natin yan ng, sabihin na nating electric fan, paano 'yung elektrisidad? Paano 'yung pambayad sa electricity?" he said.

Mateo added that ASEAN integration is meant for the colleges and universities that are under the supervision of the Commission on the Higher Education (CHED).

"Ang ASEAN integration kase pupuwede 'yan, angkop talaga 'yan sa mga unibesidad at kolehiyo kasi may tinatawag tayong diyang mobility ng faculty at ng mga estudyante," he said.

However, Mateo clarified that not all colleges and universities can just revise their school calendar as only those considered autonomous, like the University of the Philippines (UP), can do so.

"Ang regulasyon ang nagpapatupad niyan. Ang gumagawa ng regulasyon, ang pamahalaaan," he explained. "Pero meron mga tinatawag na autonomous universities like UP may sarila silang board of regents."