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PIA Press Release
2009/10/06

No need to change school calendar, says Lapus

by RG Alama

Davao City (6 October) -- Despite the onset of devastating typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. Education Secretary says there is no need to change the current school calendar.

During a press conference on the occasion of Education summit at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City held yesterday (October 5). Lapus said that according to the results of a survey taken to determine public opinion on a revised September to June school calendar 65% of the respondents thumbed down the revised school calendar proposal.

The education secretary said that the main reasons for the revised school calendar which is to avoid the onset of rainy season from June to August no longer holds since typhoon Ondoy and Frank struck in September which is the opening month of the long-proposed school calendar.

He said that as early as 1974 the Government has already tried to implement a revised school calendar. For three years, the Government slowly tried to revise the school calendar by opening classes in July, August and September but backed out after schoolchildren complained of unbearable summer heat in classrooms.

The main reason for the current school calendar is that to avoid summer heat. In Western classes their September to June school calendar was patterned to avoid summer. (PIA XI) [top]

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