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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

Baguio universities, colleges given 2 weeks to set academic break

Baguio City, Philippines – The various higher education institutions in Baguio City have been given two weeks to schedule academic break, says Congressman Mark Go.

This decision came after the congressman, together with Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Councilors Levy Orcales and Vladimir Cayabas, convened with the different school heads, student councils, and the Commission on Higher Education- Cordillera.

The meeting was in response to the appeal of students for an academic break amidst concern on the students’ mental health, as stated in the letter they wrote to Go, Magalong, and Orcales, claiming that the “students’ mental health is affected when they study for long periods without taking breaks and compromise their studies. We can’t afford to lose more lives just to boost our institution’s academic achievements.”

During said meeting, Congressman Go, on his Facebook page, informed that they discussed mental health issues and concerns.

Go who expressed his support for the academic break stated that the schools should be allowed to determine the schedule of their academic break in consultation with the students and teachers as well as in consideration of factors like school programs, schedules, school calendar, and curricular offerings.

At the end of the meeting, the body agreed to give the universities two weeks to schedule.

“We want to be responsive at all times and the way to be responsive is to have a deadline for the schools to meet with their students and teachers to decide on the date of the academic break. Within two weeks, there must be a decision from the schools when their respective academic breaks will be,” Go stated.

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