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Support for additional year in college mounting - CHED 6

Iloilo City (5 February) -- After several consultations with heads and deans of higher educational institutions (HEIs) all over the country, the latest of which was in Western Visayas, the plan for additional year in college is getting more support.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) 6 Education Specialist Dr. Rex Casiple said the protests that they expected from schools did not happen.

He also said the opposition on the CHED plan for additional year in college is offset by a thorough understanding of the purpose of the proposal.

" In the final analysis, expenses are even staggered, not lumped for courses like Nursing, Accounting, Architecture and Engineering and students do not have to undergo pressure in accomplishing so many requirements altogether," Casiple said.

For courses requiring board exams, the students are guaranteed enough preparation as review sessions are integrated as subjects, Casiple said.

"With this move, they do not have to pay for expensive review classes," the CHED official said.

Casiple said the proposal necessitates substantial change in the curriculum of the courses, which is being worked out to take effect this school year 2009-2010.

He said after the consultative meetings by end of February, a technical panel shall work on the curricula which will be presented in a public hearing.

The CHED is aiming at starting with Phase 1 of the plan which is for courses with Board Exams and will follow through with other courses for Phase 2.

The CHED's proposal for additional year in college is under the new Philippine Main Education Highway which aims to have our college graduates level with that of other countries, by having the standards of our courses conform with international standards. (ESS/PIA) [top]

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