At least three more universities are planning to shift to the international school calendar where classes start in August and end in May.
According to the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), among the institutions that are considering a shift in their school calendar are the University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University, and Adamson University.
The three educational institutions’ move came after the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), a Catholic university, decided to shift to the international school calendar.
With this move, AdMU’s calendar would start in August and end in May. The shift will apply to its undergraduate and graduate schools starting Academic Year 2015-2016.
CEAP advocacy and information management officer Anthony Coloma said that the three schools could shift their school calendar because they are considered “autonomous schools”, adding that they have a “long tradition of excellence in the area of education.”
“We can only show our support to them for taking the step towards a globally competitive education institution,” he added.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) earlier said that it is in no rush to endorse the switch to an August-to-May school year adding that the shift needs careful study.
CHEd Chairman Dr. Patricia Licuanan said the commission is concerned about the implications of adjusting the academic year, and has created a technical working group to study it and submit recommendations before the end of March.
Besides AdMU, the University of the Philippines (UP) will adopt a new academic calendar that starts in August, beginning academic year 2014-2015, except in the Diliman campus.
UP and AdMU said that they are changing calendars as part of an “internationalization effort”, noting that the Philippines is the only Association of Southeast Asian Nations member with a June-to-March academic year.
UP Los Banos, UP College in Cebu, UP Manila, UP Open University, UP Visayas, and UP Baguio will adopt the new academic calendar in August.
The UP administration said its Diliman campus would adopt the shift after completing its consultations with stakeholders.
A public forum at the UP National Institute of Physics auditorium is scheduled on February 10 where experts will discuss the issues surrounding the shifting of classes.