Various student councils in Baguio City called for academic ease due to the alleged difficulties of students due to Typhoon Ulysses, the typhoon which has heavily affected provinces in Luzon including Cagayan, Isabela, Pampanga, and some other areas.
Thus, today (Monday), November 23, 2020, the Public Information Office of the City of Baguio revealed that the City Council has supported the call for academic ease.
“Given that in all universities and colleges in the city have a homogenous composition of students who come from different provinces all over the country, many are still unable to resume their online classes.”
The council stated that there are students from the flood-stricken areas and to ensure that the weight of online classes will not add to their anxiety, it was pointed out by the council that it is only proper for the higher education institutions to suspend the classes.
Academic ease or freeze, according to the council, will allow the students enrolled in universities and colleges in Baguio City to recover and to be again able to attend their online classes.
“If the schools will continue with their schedule of classes and excuse those affected students, it is clear that many of them will be left behind and their work load will only heavier and catching up with deadlines might be difficult on their part, especially after being affected by a calamity.”
Moreover, the council said that most of the youth are engaged with the ongoing relief efforts since it was the youth that has initiated most of the online relief efforts.
“It is clear that despite the online classes and pandemic, the youth are still playing a part when it comes to helping those who are in need.”
But even if not all of the students are involved in the ongoing relief efforts, it was stated by the city legislators that the time for a break is much needed.