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‘PASSED due to COVID’: Salceda urges CHED to pass all college students

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda has called on the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and higher education institutions (HEIs) “to just pass all college students enrolled in second semester to reduce the level of national anxiety” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his letter to CHED chair J. Prospero de Vera last March, Salceda, chair of the powerful House committee on ways and means, said college students this second semester should just be given a passing mark without any conditions since it’s still not advisable to reopen schools over the policy of social distancing.

“Sa transcript lagyan ng PASSED due to COVID,” said Salceda.

Meanwhile, Salceda’s alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University said it has decided to shorten the semester short following the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and announced that the school year will end on May 8.

Ateneo’s official school publication, The Guidon, said on Twitter that based on a memo released by the university’s vice president, “eligible non-graduating students will receive a passing (P) mark instead of letter grades.”

Graduating students “will also receive P marks, but have the option to request letter grades. They will also be cleared for graduation provided that they satisfy certain conditions. The memo also provided three scenarios for the graduation ceremonies,” according to the memo.

The Ateneo management said passing all the students this current semester “is the most humane way of dealing with student grades under the circumstances that we are in.”

Aside from passing mark, Ateneans will receive a P20,000 tuition fee refund and 60 percent refund on their laboratory fees.

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