One of the most discussed issues as of today would be the proposed academic calendar shift for the Philippines. It is said that it is aimed to “internationalize” our education system and synchronize our schooling with the ASEAN. One of its objectives is also to make exchange programs between international universities possible. Although facing heavy opposition, it seems as though the calendar shift would definitely push through, especially in the University of the Philippines since it is an autonomous university and does not need approval from CHED.
A notable explanation for opposition of said proposal would be because it would require a longer break from schooling for students to execute. Another argument would be that it is simply a move for commercializing education and is a stunt motivated by profit, giving schools leeway to collect extra funds to prepare for the calendar shift. At a certain perspective, the calendar shift seems to look more like an effort for economic growth rather than academic growth. Lastly, one of the notable explanations would be because it is highly impractical to send students to school during the hottest months of the year, considering the tropical climate of our country. We have yet to see the outcome of the said proposal, which, despite opposition, seems to be pushing through in the coming years. Hopefully it would lead to just as much benefit as it promises and exceeds expectations.
Ma. Bianca Ysabelle C. Kit