Academic Calendars To Begin In August

Academic Calendars To Begin In August

Academic Calendars To Begin In August
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The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is urging all government-run universities and colleges to begin academic years every August.

In a memorandum dated April 5, CHEd chairman Prospero de Vera III called for a “shift of academic calendar” of both state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) to begin in August of every year starting 2019. 

Schools “are enjoined to synchronize its respective academic years to a fiscal year (FY) starting FY 2019 to ensure that starting FY 2020, all SUCs and LUCs have synchronized their academic year to a fiscal year,” part of the memo read.

The memorandum was said to be pursuant to provisions of Higher Education Act of 1994 (Republic Act 7722) and Commission En Banc Resolution No. 142-2019.

The reason for the shift was not yet clear in the memo. 

The University of the Philippines System, along with De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, and Ateneo de Manila University, in previous years already shifted the start of their academic calendar from June to later months to integrate with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Source: ABS-CBN News

 

Why moving the classes in August?

 De Vera voiced the proposal after lawmakers at the House of Representatives said CHED may have difficulty with the shift to a cash-based budget system, noting the fiscal year and academic year are not aligned.

During the CHED’s budget hearing at the lower House, De Vera said the cash-based budget system would “severely hamper” the implementation of free higher education law because the fiscal year and academic year were not aligned.

Under a cash-based budget system, agencies are mandated to spend their allocated funds and deliver projects within the year. If a government agency cannot guarantee completion of a project, it will be removed from its proposed budget.

De Vera said validation processes and paperwork make it difficult for CHED to reimburse all schools by the end of the year, as some schools that start in June or July would start their second semester in November.

What will happen if the classes push through in August?

If the scenario pushes through, the move would facilitate easier allocation of funds by CHED as reimbursements to schools for the first semester of the school year may be done by the end of the year.

De Vera also said it would likewise be easier to facilitate reimbursements to schools should the second semester for all start in January.

Source: Rappler

 

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