There have been talks about this proposal before, and ever since I heard about it, I actually don’t know what side should I be. Honestly speaking, either the regular classes start in June or August, I do not really know how it will affect me (since all year around, I am studying – yes, even summer :(). However, looking at the larger picture, I can say that the proposal of shifting the start of classes from June to August would provide beneficial effects not only to teachers, but to students as well.
As cited in the Yahoo! News Philippines article, the proposal will make the University schedule in-sync with the ASEAN and other foreign universities, thereby giving opportunities to teachers and other faculty members to attend conferences, seminars, and even enroll to short courses offered abroad. This is something that these educators cannot do since our schedule is not the same with other countries. Since the professors are handling classes in our university, they cannot simply leave their teaching posts to seek for post-graduate courses. And if anyone’s asking, “Why can’t they just leave their work if they wish to study further?”, it is because we cannot simply afford to send off our competent professors without the quality of education in the university being affected.
Suspensions brought by typhoons and other calamities are no longer a issue here, since natural disasters like these are unpredictable (meaning, they do not visit the country based on a ‘fixed’ schedule). Also, due to global warming, the traditional June-September season for typhoons is not really prominent now.
As a student, the shift may be difficult, since it is the first time it will be implemented (if ever it is approved). However, like any other periods of transition, these difficulties are addressed through time. University breaks will be changed, as well as other events (including Eduk Month which kicks-off in July). Other events and other instances outside UP such as licensure examinations, or works that are related with the traditional June-March schedule (like schools) will surely be affected, too, but all these concerns can be addressed given the right consultation from the different bodies involved.
Students may argue that they will no longer have “summer” breaks, but given the weather conditions in the country as of the moment where climate status is usually “hot” and “hotter” (kidding! :P), how different would it be if the breaks are now in June and July instead of the usual April and May?
It may be a tough and rocky road for its implementation and synchronization to all the schools in the country right now, but deliberations and public consultations should be made. The June-March paradigm may be considered an institution as of this moment, but still, all things are subjected to change, given the proper rationale for it.
Here are some links that can help you understand the proposal:
What do you think? Share your insights! 🙂