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Palawan State University (PSU) has revised its academic calendar and classes are expected to resume on May 4 with the assumption that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will end on April 30.

University president Dr. Ramon Docto said Tuesday that the initial span of suspension of classes was until April 14 but due to the ECQ extension of the national government, the suspension of classes was also expanded.

“With that, meron din tayong adjustments na ginagawa para naman sa mga estudyante sa klase nila. Ngayon, ang isang option dito, just in case na maibalik na ang klase kung matapos sa April 30, by May 4 may pasok na. Mag-extend tayo ng one month hanggang May 30,” he said.

“We have a skype meeting with the CHED and all the SUCs president kahapon, isa rin sa pinag-usapan ito. Hindi lang naman sa atin ito, dapat pa rin ay magkaparehas ang decision ng lahat ng state universities,” Docto added.

Docto said that the revised academic calendar of PSU is also the same with other state universities and colleges under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

He said that this is the option A of PSU if ECQ will be lifted on April 30. If there will be another extension to happen, Docto said that they are still in discussion with their option B.

The classes will run until May 30 if the resumption happens on May 4 as per the revised calendar.

He said classes will supposedly end in May, while the months of June to July are provided for summer classes but due to the adjustment in the revised calendar, there will be no summer classes for the current academic year.

The enrollment is expected to start in July and the classes for the new academic year will open in August.

“Kung mabalik tayo sa pagklase at mag-end tayo sa May 30, dapat nag-end na tayo ng May, June at July ay dapat summer na, so wala na tayong summer class but we will have our example for June tapos enrollment na sa July. Start pa rin ng klase natin sa August,” Docto said.

“Maliban lang sa halimbawa may course na nakalagay talaga na may subject talaga sila sa summer, itong mga special cases halimbawa graduating student na isa o dalawang subject na lang na ganon, pwede yong special case na ganon. Pwede naman yong isang subject na klasehan ng one week,” he added.

Docto said that the revised academic calendar of the university also covers the graduate and law school.

Docto added that during their meeting with CHED on April 13, a lecturer recommended three categories to consider for teachers to still send activities to their students while staying at home. He said it will be a basis to adjust the means of teaching depending on the categories of connectivity of students.

Docto meanwhile falsified the rumors of giving students an automatic passing grade in PSU due to ECQ.

“Ay hindi ‘yon, yong iba kasi gumagaya don sa ibang private schools. May iba pa nga na dahil sinabi ng private schools na iri-refund ang tuition fee, akala nila may iri-refund na. Sabi ko paano kayo iri-refund ay di naman kayo nagbayad,” he said.

As the classes will resume on May 4, the deadline for completion of deficiencies for graduating students will be on May 16. The recognition and awards day is on May 22 and the final examination for graduating students scheduled on May 18 to 22 while the non-graduating students scheduled on June 1 to 6.

Final grades due dates for graduating students are on June 1 while non-graduating students are on June 16. The end of classes is expected on June 6 and the commencement exercises will be on June 30.

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