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Students starting to enjoy short academic break

OLDEST HEIS. The Saint Louis University (middle) and the Baguio Central University (right), the oldest higher education institutions in Baguio City are declaring academic breaks for its students and faculty staff later this month. SLU will have its three day break on November 15 to 17, while the latter, will have it on November 24-30. Other HEIs have implemented academic breaks heeding calls of students of learners for a much needed break from online classes and other academic activities. Pigeon Lobien / RNG Luzon

Students of the Pines City College will start their one week academic break following their counterparts from the University of the Philippines – Baguio as other Baguio higher education institutions are expected to implement the same heeding calls of learners for a much needed break from online classes and other academic activities.

PCC is the second Baguio HEI that allowed its students to take the much needed break granting a one-week respite from November 11 to 17.

PCC’s advisory will impose the academic break where: “Online activities, synchronous and asynchronous classes will be suspended for the entire duration. No requirements or assignments will be required at the end of the break.”

UP, meanwhile, was the first to heed the call that as early as October 30, the office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has issued Memorandum RMG 2021-013 ordering a “genuine reading break” from November 2 to 8.

VCAA Rosemary Gutierrez also suspended submission of requirements and all examinations scheduled on November 9 and 10.

In said memorandum, Gutierrez took note of the students’ request “so that they could have a more relaxing reading or wellness break, instead of preparing for requirements and/or examinations.”

The biggest HEI north of Luzon, whose students started the call, is imposing a three day academic break starting November 15 until 17.

In an advisory directing an academic staff and student wellness break, SLU administration directed that there will be no synchronous and asynchronous activities; no submission of academic requirements; no posting of instructional materials and activities in the Google Classroom and/or Course group chats; and, faculty and students shall take the opportunity to fully detach from school-related activities including meetings, faculty and student consultations, and other co-and extra-curricular undertakings.

University of Baguio, meanwhile, is suspending work and classes from November 27 to 30, while also having its voluntary academic consultation for undergraduate students on November 25 and 26.

Easter College, where students now are having their midterm examinations that started on November 8 until the 13th, will have a three day academic break from November 22 until 24.

Baguio Central University in an advisory posted on its Facebook wall, announced that there will be a week-long academic break from November 24 until the 30th in all levels from basic education to undergraduate and graduate schools.

The post qualified that there will be academic activities of any kind that includes online classes, faculty meetings, faculty-student consultations, submission of requirements/modules by students.

It likewise said that defenses slated on November 27 for the Graduate Schools will be rescheduled.

In a post, Baguio Rep. Marquez Go, who helped facilitate the dialogue between students and school heads last November 2, posted on his Facebook wall that the University of the Cordilleras has “committed to an academic ease this term since the ongoing term is already coming to an end.”

His post added that the school will be making announcements on future academic breaks.

Other HEIs will be announcing their academic break before the November 16 deadline.

Last November 2, Mayor Benjamin Magalong and city officials facilitated a dialogue between the student council representatives and school administrators from SLU, UB, UC and UPB.

Go, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president Levy Orcales, and officials from other tertiary schools, and the Commission on Higher Education Cordillera Regional office were present during the dialogue which was requested in a letter sent by student council leaders from the four universities.

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