Senator wants start of classes moved-A A +A
Monday, July 9, 2012
SENATOR Franklin Drilon said he wants the opening of classes moved from June to September, to spare students from heavy rains and typhoons that take place in the months of June to August.
In 2010, Drilon filed Senate Bill 2407, which remains pending in the Senate. But he said he is reviving the bill to prevent class disruptions as a result of the rainy season.
The senator’s bill seeks to amend Section 24, Chapter 9, Title VI, Book IV of Executive Order No. 292 or the Administrative Code, which reads:
“Section 24. School Year. (1) The school year for public and private schools shall consist of not less than forty (40) weeks for the elementary and secondary levels, and thirty-six (36) weeks for the college level or eighteen (18) weeks a semester. (2) The opening date shall be fixed by the Secretary, but it shall not be earlier than the first day of June nor later than the last day of July of each year unless prevented by fortuitous events.”
He said that if the school calendar is revised, schoolchildren will be less exposed to adverse weather conditions. (Lydia C. Pendon)