The University of the Philippines Board of Regents (UP BOR) has reached a decision about ending the university’s semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a Facebook post by the UP Office of the Student Regent (OSR), the BOR has “approved the proposed policy of the Presidential Advisory Council with the semester ending on April 30 but academic work for students and faculty will continue under the “deferred” grade scheme.”
The post also said that the sectoral regents have voted in opposition, as they have stood by their position calling for an end to the semester and for the implementation of mass promotion. They say, “Purely academic output and performance metrics which supposedly determine excellence have been prioritized above the very real financial, physical, psychological and emotional anxieties of students, faculty and staff.”
UP students have also reacted to this decision, with many of them against it, calling for a mass promotion of students instead.
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