Amid calls for “academic easing” after the typhoons, the University of the Philippines (UP) announced on Thursday that it will start implementing a no failing grade policy” or its students will not get a grade of “4” or ‘5’ at least for this semester.
In a Twitter post, the UP Office of the Student Regent (OSR) said the university will not give failing grade to students and the guidelines will be issued soon by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“This is an initial victory for the UP student body as we continuously fight for the most inclusive and compassionate solutions for our education! UP, pakinggan ang (listen to the) UP community!” the OSR said in a tweet.
More than 15,000 people, including 300 faculty members, and over 200 student organizations signed petitions initiated by the student councils and alliances of various UP units to have a no-failing policy enacted. They cited the difficulties presented by the lockdowns and quarantines from the coronavirus disease 2019, and the damages caused by the recent typhoons.
“Due to the onslaught of consecutive typhoons, more members of the UP community suffer from further inaccessibility to resources such as internet connectivity and learning devices, with some students being gravely affected by the disaster,” UP Diliman’s Rise for Education Alliance said.
“Amidst all of these, students are still obligated to worry about their academic deadlines instead of focusing solely on recovering from the repercussions that the recent calamities have caused, which were amplified due to the government’s negligence,” it added. SOVEREIGNPH