/ 15 November 2020

UNIVERSITY of the East student councils on Saturday appealed to the school administration for a one-week class suspension in consideration of those affected by recent calamities.

The University Student Council, along with other UE Manila College Council, has sent a request letter to UE President and Chief Academic Officer Ester Garcia asking for immediate action to suspend synchronous and asynchronous classes from November 15 until November 20.

The councils said the suspension is to give those affected by the recent onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses and Typhoon Rolly time to recover.

The letter said that the affected areas have difficulty in internet connection and are also experiencing power outages or interruptions. The councils said this would make “students have a hard time complying with their academic requirements.”

The students also cited that some of their colleagues are still staying in evacuation centers, which they said does not “have the appropriate learning environment.”

The student representatives added that some students have developed traumas from the incident and are still recovering.

“We are studying and striving to make use of this education as part of our mission in committing ourselves to ‘the development of a just, progressive and humane society’.  And there’s no other time to teach compassion and humanity but now,” the councils said.

As of press time, the University of the East has not declared a suspension of classes apart from its earlier announcement on November 12.