/ 16 June 2021

STUDENT groups appealed to the University of the Philippines Los Baños to show more understanding and instruct its faculty not to fail or drop students.

Instead of dropping students or giving failing marks, faculty should just give an incomplete remark, they said.

In a letter to UPLB President Dr. Jose Camacho Jr., the University Student Council along with College Student Councils, asked the school administrators to understand the situation of learners.

“As per the OVPAA Memorandum No. 2021-61, no student shall receive a grade of 4 or 5 for the second semester of AY 2020-2021. The memorandum further reiterated that a faculty member may DROP a student whose status is failing or unsatisfactory,” the councils said.

“In line with this, we would like to request a memo urging the faculty members to opt for INC instead of DRP in consideration of the students who will not be able to meet the deadline of requirements until June 18,” they added.

With the self-paced mode of learning, the student councils said learners must be given more time to comply with their requirements.

The groups also asked teachers to extend the encoding of grades in light of students who may not meet their deadlines.

“We acknowledge that an adjustment on the requirements and deadlines has already been made, allowing students to submit work until the end of this finals week. However, a lot of students are still having a hard time keeping up with the requirements given that we only have a week to finish all of our task,” they added.