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  • Several Private Colleges And Universities Temporarily Suspend Tuition Payments For 30 Days

    CHED also appealed to the schools to take it easy on requiring online classes and at-home tasks.
    by Rachel Perez .
Several Private Colleges And Universities Temporarily Suspend Tuition Payments For 30 Days
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  • One hundred private educational institutions will not collect tuition payments for the entire month that the whole Luzon is placed under enhanced community quarantine.

    Members of the Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAPSCU) are temporarily suspending tuition payments for 30 days, according to Prospero De Vera, chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) via GMA News.

    "Nakatanggap kasi kami ng reports na may mga private universities na may nangongolekta ng tuition para sa ngayong buwan, eh nahihirapan magpunta ang mga estudyante at magulang [para magbayad]," De Vera said during the Laging Handa press briefing yesterday, March 19, 2020.

    Under enhanced community quarantine, classes in all levels all over Luzon are suspended until April 12, 2020. Everyone is ordered to stay home and mass public transportation has been suspended to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    University of Perpetual Health System and Immaculate Conception institutions, for example, already committed to not collecting tuition payments during the 30-day quarantine.

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    On top of the 30-day tuition payment suspension, PAPSCU educational institutions will collect tuition payments on a staggered basis once the enhanced community quarantine is over. (Check if your child's school, college, or university is a member of PAPSCU here.)

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    Private schools are encouraged to observe leniency on continuing online education

    Private schools, colleges, and universities have CHED's go-ahead to modify their academic calendars as they see fit. It may be necessary for some schools because of the disruption in student's learning caused by the enhanced community quarantine.

    Still, De Vera appealed to private schools, colleges, and universities to "observe extra leniency" in continuing to give their students academic requirements "without compromising the standards." (How do online classes work? Click here to see how students are still learning amidst the coronavirus pandemic.)

    Some private schools are conducting online classes to be able to leave unhampered student's learning even during the quarantine period. Concerns, however, were raised as some students are having difficulty complying due to slow or lack of internet connection at home.;

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    De Vera suggested that students who are having difficulty joining online classes should instead be given at-home tasks and reports that will be submitted to their teachers once regular school days resume.

    How to keep kids busy at home under quarantine? Check out this teacher's routine here, or online courses here.

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