Despite the sudden shift of school calendar among the neighboring colleges and universities in preparation towards Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration, Baguio College of Technology (BCT) will still start its classes on June.
“Classes will still start on June because it’s not mandatory to move it (start of classes) on August,” confirmed BCT Executive Vice-President Ligaya R. Abad in an interview with The Atom. “Unless, it will be stated as mandatory, then we will also follow,” she added.
Although the shift of academic calendar from June to August is consistent with Republic Act (RA 7797, Section 3 specifying that the school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) however prescribes a June start.
“We are not changing our schedules purposely to allow graduates from high school to have an immediate college to attend since most schools especially public schools under the Department of Education are not moving their school calendar as well,” Abad added.
Abad further explained that matters regarding plans on whether to adopt the calendar shift on the future are still being discussed among the school management.
“The point of ASEAN integration is to produce graduates up to par with their counterparts from the neighboring countries not on shifting the academic calendar,” Abad cleared out.
“It takes a lot of preparation to move schedules, however in case there will be changes, announcements will be immediately disseminated,” she ended.
“Mas maganda nga kung hindi na tayo magshift para hindi masyadong matagal maghintay ng pasukan,” Jecy Ann Gaburno, Information Technology freshman.