CHED moves classes in colleges, universities to June 15

June 7, 2009 9:14 am 

By Joel C. Atencio

MANILA, June 7 – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has moved the opening of classes in private and state colleges and universities nationwide from June 8 to 15 as precautionary measure against Influenza A/H1NI virus.

"We also have to do this as a safeguard for the health of thousands of students. Classes will have to be reset to avoid the spread of this new flu," CHED chairman Dr. Emmanuel Angeles said.

Angeles ordered the postponement of classes through a memorandum dated June 5. It is addressed to heads of private and public higher educational institutions, state universities and colleges, local city colleges and regional directors of CHED.

The postponement of school opening would give late enrollees, particularly students who traveled abroad, enough time to quarantine themselves against the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, he said.

”We have to give time for the foreign and local students who came from abroad to self-quarantine against the Influenza A (H1N1) virus so there will be no contamination in the schools,” Angeles said in a cellular phone interview with the PNA.

Angeles also told PNA that the delay in the school opening in the state colleges and universities and private higher educational institutions would allow students, who were highly dependent on the remittances sent by their parents abroad, to catch up in their enrollment.

The agency also moved the opening of classes due to the inclement weather and the need to extend the enrollment period for students whose parents are financially hard-up.

"I assure you there is no need to panic. We're helping the Department of Health (DOH) in its drive to contain the spread of A(H1N1)," Angeles said.

He issued the advisory after three students of the De La Salle University in Manila tested positive for the virus after trips from countries with A(H1N1) cases, prompting the university to suspend classes for a week

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the three students have been responding well to treatment.

Reports reaching Malacañang said as a precautionary measure against the A(H1N1) virus, the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) in Quezon City on Saturday said it was postponing its opening of classes.

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, vice president for public affairs of UPD, said in a report reaching Malacañang that classes would start June 16 instead of June 9.

UPD has also extended the enrollment period.

As an autonomous entity, the UP System is not covered by the schedule set by the CHED. (PNA)

RMA/JCA

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