A Group of Young Activists Calls for CHED Chair De Vera’s Resignation

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced the implementation of Flexible Learning in the coming school years last Friday. “From now on, Flexible Learning will be the norm. There is no going back to the traditional, full-packed face-to-face classrooms,” CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III said during a webinar.

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Photo from CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera’s official Facebook Page

According to De Vera, going back to face-to-face classes will expose stakeholders to the same risks if another pandemic comes in. He also mentioned that all the investments made to transition would have been wasted.

However, the “new normal” at the higher education level did not sit well with a group of young activists. Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) even demanded De Vera resign as CHED’s commissioner.

SPARK spokesperson John Lazaro said, “A year is long enough for you to take action but you failed miserably in your mandate to make education accessible to all. Your mix and match proposal reeks with insensitivity and will only lead to the systematic exclusion of millions of students from stepping foot in a university.”

The group also reportedly called on student councils and campus organizations to unite and utilize all available means to push for the right of the youth to accessible and quality education, which they claim is currently threatened by CHEd’s proposal.
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