By Angie M. Rosales | The Daily Tribune
Another senator urged caution on education in considering the proposed transfer of school calendar to August or September, saying that parents should be consulted first before any concrete plans are adopted.
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday said in a statement that high premium should be given to the sentiment of the parents since it’s their children who will be affected by the change of school opening.
“I think it is to the best interest of the stakeholders in the country’s educational system to give importance on what the parents have to say. In the first place, parents are the most concerned sector when it comes to the education of their children. We should, therefore, ask them what their opinion is on the matter,” he said.
Formal consultations or discussions should not exclude the parents since their inputs are crucial when it comes to the protection and welfare of the students, the senator said.
Prior to Marcos, the chairman of the Senate committee on education, arts and culture Sen. Pia Cayetano called on officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to carefully weigh in the proposal calling for the resetting of the school calendar, saying that it’s effect on the country’s education system should be the main consideration.
“The solution is not as simple as resetting the school calendar for the sake of compliance,” she said.
Cayetano was reacting on reports where the country’s top four universities — the University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University — are said to be on the forefront of the proposal on the change of the academic year.
The said universities argued that the change would align the Philippines’ school calendar with other major universities in the world as well as prepare the country for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community scheduled for 2015.
Reports said more educational institutions, including the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, had expressed support to the proposal of the “Big 4” universities.
“Mother knows best. The parents should be consulted regarding this matter. It’s the parents that have all the best of intentions for their kids. That’s why their voice should be heard,” said Marcos.