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CHEd: Schools can end semester until April 30

Schools using the old academic calendar, from June to May, can only finish the current semester by April 30, 2020, the Commission on Higher (CHEd) said.

CHEd Chairman Prospero de Vera in a memorandum issued Tuesday said schools using the old academic calendar are “authorized to finish their current semester, trimester, quarter or equivalent academic period by April 30, 2020, utilizing a combination of flexible learning options that reflect the best assessment of their students’ outcomes.”

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The CHEd chair also reminded education institutions that classes in all levels and school activities including on-the-job training (OJT) and internships in Luzon will remain suspended until April 30 due to the enhanced community quarantine.

Classes in all levels in Luzon have been suspended since March 17 as the government sought to arrest the spread of COVID-19.

CHEd meanwhile said private higher educational institutions (HEIs) are free to determine adjustments in their approved academic calendars.

Schools that are using the new academic calendar, August to July however are only authorized to extend the current semester for a maximum of one month after the enhanced community quarantine ends.

“The exercise of discretion by the HEIs and their faculty must be reasonable, transparent and outcomes-based validated,” De Vera said.

Schools can only conduct summer or midterm classes for graduating students who must complete their requirements, and those who are taking up graduate studies, he said.

The CHEd chair also reminded schools to use alternative ways of continuing the education of students as the government bans in-campus events for the meantime.

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