/ 13 September 2020

STUDENTS of the Technological University of the Philippines has slammed the school administration for its alleged  anti-poor guidelines for online classes.

Based on the report of the Philippine Artisan, the school’s official student publication, aside from wearing their prescribed uniforms and having a proper haircut, students are also required to open their cameras during synchronous online discussions.

But as per the study conducted by the Mobile Indian Website, turning on cameras during webinars consume significantly more data than when it is off.

Students were skeptical if they can finance the data needed for continuous online classes, citing economic restraints due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Student dormers were also furious with the uniform requirement as some of them left their attires at their dormitories when the government announced the initial community lockdown in March.

“Hala required ang camera? pano ‘yan sa comp shop lang ako nag-o-online class, nagpa-pareserve pa ako ng rent ko doon?” “Pinilit talaga ‘yung uniform,” and “Kawawa mga prof at students sa inyo. Ang panget, ang bulok ng sistema nyo,” were some of the sentiments the students shared regarding TUP’s memorandum for online classes.

The memorandum was signed last September 8 a day after classes at TUP started.