La Trinidad, Benguet (November 4, 2021)—After Baguio City grants university and college students here for an academic break from Nobember 2 to 8, 2021, the state-run Benguet State University (BSU) followed suit with a five-day break from November 8-13.
In a University Memorandum, BSU President Felipe Comila announced the academic break via a memo citing that after deliberation of the school officials on the request of the students through their Supreme Student Government (SSG) and other student bodies, they found such break as necessary to give the students and even the faculty members a time for them to rest physically and mentally.
“All deadlines set for requirements falling on this week are automatically re-scheduled the following week,” Comila said.
Comila is appealing meanwhile to everyone to help in anyway possible anyone challenged in coping with the new learning method whether as a student or a teacher, and whether the person is with BSU or otherwise. “The challenge of this unprecedented time are lodged with humanity and not with a single person or a group of persons”, he stressed.
The BSU student government in a statement expressed gratefulness to the student leaders, students and among others for standing up to demand for an academic break. The student body stated that the online form of learning created a slew for both students and teachers. The SSG added that it affect the mental health of many that gives impact to their lives.
An earlier unconfirmed report of suicides among students in the sectarian-led Saint Louis University in Baguio City prompted student protests that pressured Baguio City officials go call school administrators to grant the break.