/ 15 February 2023

THE PAMANTASAN ng Lungsod ng Maynila said that it will not dissolve the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and the Bachelor of Special Needs Education programs.

PLM President Emmanuel Leyco issued the clarification amid “unverified reports” that the two programs under the College of Education will be removed.

“We would like to set the record straight: we will continue to offer the BECEd and the BSNEd undergraduate courses to our current and future enrollees. The programs will not be dissolved. We hope this provides assurance to members of the CED community,” Leyco said in a statement.

The university said the issue originated “from a clerical difference in the name of the undergraduate degree programs as approved by the Commission on Higher Education.”

“In March 2015, PLM applied for a Certificate of Program Compliance for the courses Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Pre-school Education and Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Special Education,” PLM explained.

“However, in 2017, CHED Memorandum Orders No. 76 and 77 prescribed the renaming of these programs into what is now the BECEd and the BSNEd, respectively. PLM made the necessary changes by renaming the older degree programs in compliance with the 2017 order,” it added.

PLM clarified that CHED eventually issued COCPC, a basis of availing free tuition through the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education.

COPC, the university added, used the old name of the CED programs “where the issue regarding program accreditation stemmed from.”