The University of the Philippines recently announced the cancellation of the school’s widely-attended College Admission Test (UPCAT) for school year 2021-2022, due to the pandemic.
UP officials are instead planning to design a modified admissions system for freshmen by February next year.
A post on the school’s website read stated that the University Councils of its eight constituent universities were unanimous in the decision to scrap the entrance test, due to “logistical issues in the paper-and-pencil testing of about 100,000 17-year-old applicants.”
Owing to the “uneven spread” of the virus in various regions of the country, the UC members did not think it was possible to administer the traditional UPCAT.
Last year alone, over 100,000 applicants took the exam.