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Groups continue to call for and against academic freeze

Photo: Facebook/DepEd Philippines

The Department of Education (DepEd) has stressed once again that an academic freeze, which it referred to as a “populist position that is not popular”, would not be beneficial for learners and would only create delays in their learning progress.

“It does not take into consideration the adjustments that would have to be made for the succeeding school year if we continue to prolong the already four months of interruption of the learning process for this school year,” said DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan.

The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) said it would only delay problems and would have a negative effect on children.

Youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK), on the other hand, expressed that an academic freeze would help unprepared teachers, parents, and students.

β€œAn academic freeze would buy valuable time for the necessary reforms to be made in order for a safe reopening of classes and greater capacity for distance learning methods,” it said.

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Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila says no to academic freeze

Photo: Facebook/Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) does not agree with proposals for an academic freeze, or the cancellation or suspension of classes.

The university in a Facebook post expressed the united stand of its student and college councils rejecting the call for an academic freeze.

“PLM says no to academic freeze!” read the post. “This is to correct any wrong notions that PLM even considered stopping the thousands of students who have enrolled from starting the academic year on October 5, as suggested by a small group of students.”

The post also noted that PLM’s faculty and staff have been “working feverishly” to build the school’s digital platform. Should any students not have access to gadgets or the Internet, the university will provide modular materials. It will also consider the applications of learners who wish to take a leave of absence from their studies.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) urged the proponents of academic freeze to submit a formal petition. Such a proposal must involve a study to defend its recommendation. The Department of Education (DepEd) has also referred to such a move as a “shortsighted” position.