The University of the Philippines has decided to continue the semester as scheduled and implement a “no-fail” policy, the office of the student regent, Isaac Punzalan, announced last week.
The UP Board of Regents approved the policy last Thursday and has tasked the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to release guidelines concerning the decision.
A social media post by Punzalan’s office read: “This is an initial victory for the UP student body as we continuously fight for the most inclusive and compassionate solutions for our education.”
However, the board elected to finish the semester as scheduled, despite the calls for an immediate end to the semester by UP students and faculty.
Just last month, students and faculty members called for the school administration to end the semester due to the pandemic and the back to back typhoons that hit the nation last month. Over 15,000 individuals across the UP system signed the petition, nearly 300 of which were faculty.