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No change in school opening – DepEd

Education Secretary Armin Luistro assured yesterday that the basic education sector would still adopt the existing school calendar this coming school year, saying that “it is too late to change in time for June 2014.”

“Any major changes in opening of the school year for basic education will only be for next year or succeeding years,” Luistro said.

Despite the growing number of schools on the tertiary level that intend to shift the start of their academic calendars to August, Luistro said that pre-school, elementary, and high schools under the Department of Education (DepEd) would still implement the June to March school calendar for school year 2014-2015.

“Sa taong ito, ang DepEd hindi magpapalit at sigurado na ang opening (of classes) ay sa June,” Luistro said.

However, he clarified that should schools – especially private schools – decide to adopt the August-May academic calendar, they are allowed to do so as per Republic Act (RA) No. 7797 or “An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two-Hundred (200) Days to Not More than Two-Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days.”

Section 3 states that “the school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.”

“Yes, the law allows that,” said Luistro, confi rming that schools under DepEd – particularly private schools – can change the start of their school year. “But, they need to get DepEd approval since all schools have to inform us and submit their school calendars to DepEd,” he added.

Earlier, two of the country’s biggest universities, the University of the Philippines (UP) system, except its Diliman campus, and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), announced that they will adopt an August-May academic calendar. (Ina Hernando Malipot)

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