/ 31 March 2021

STUDENTS from the Philippine Normal University appealed for a “genuine” academic ease as they called on school officials to extend the term break.

The students cited the hardship of their families amid the Covid19 pandemic and the “burnout” they are experiencing due to heavy academic workload.

In a joint manifesto posted by the ACT Education Students PNU on Monday, the students called for a mutual agreement with professors on the submission of requirements, limitation of asynchronous tasks, an orientation about the subject at the start of classes, feedback to activities, exclusion of holidays in make-up classes, and resumption of faculty evaluation, among others.

They also called for an extension of the second term because of the new lockdown in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces and inclusion of wellness break.

“Inaasahan namin ang malugod ninyong pakikinig sa mga kahilingan ng mga mag-aaral. Hindi biro ang dinaranas ng bawat isa kung kaya naman mahalaga ang pag-unawa sa iba’t ibang kalagayan ng lahat ng estudyante’t pakulti,” the students said.

They also renewed their call for the resumption of face-to-face classes.

PNU President Bert Jazmin Tuga said that officials will look into the concerns of the students.

“I will meet the academic team to discuss the issues/recommendations one by one. Keep safe everyone,” Tuga said.