/ 19 November 2020

MORE STUDENT groups from various schools across the country have joined the call for an extended academic break to give them time to recover from the effects of the recent typhoons.

The student council of the Technological University of the Philippines – Manila’s College of Science sent a letter to its dean seeking a ‘recovery week’.

“The College of Science – College Student Council has reached out to the college dean, requesting for a recovery week for students, especially COsians, that are continuously affected by the aftermath of the recent calamity,” it said on Facebook.

The dean, Professor Fidela Arañes, denied the request but said that midterm examinations will be moved to the first week of December.

“Let us support and be considerate to our dear students during this new normal. Our midterm exams shall be rescheduled to the first week of December. ACW will be for the requirement fulfillment and consultations,” Arañes said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Student Council of the Tarlac State University also requested for an academic break saying that some of students are still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Ulysses.

In a letter to University President Dr. Myrna Q. Mallari, SSC requested for a five-day suspension of synchronous and asynchronous classes from November 17 to 21.

It said that the suspension of classes from November 11 to 14 did not give students enough time to cope with the disaster.

Students in both campuses of the Our Lady of Fatima University, meanwhile, launched an online petition asking administrators to extend the academic break citing recent typhoons as reasons.

Students in the main campus wanted an academic break from November 16 to 21.

Meanwhile, those in the Antipolo campus demanded a recovery week for victims of typhoon Ulysses.

While the students are thankful for the 4-day ‘health break’ implemented last week, they said it did not serve its purpose as the country suffered the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

It added that areas around Antipolo and Marikina are still experiencing power interruptions and unstable internet connection.

“Many students coming from different strands and departments and to the extent the teachers and staff, have been currently struggling to participate in any affiliated school activities — both synchronous and asynchronous,” the OLFU Antipolo campus students said.

They also urged both the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education to implement a ‘No-Fail’ policy nationwide to lessen the burden on some students.