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Ched heeds SC ruling, orders teaching of Filipino subject

FILIPINO will still be included in the curricula of all higher education institutions (HEIs), based on a memo by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in compliance with a Supreme Court order.

Ched ordered all public and private HEIs last June 18 to continue the implementation of Ched Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 04 series of 1997, which requires students majoring in fields other than the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication to take six units of Filipino.

HEIs must also implement CMO No. 59 series 1996, where the minimum requirement for the general education curriculum of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication courses is nine units of Filipino subjects.  read more »

Ex-UST rector frowns on K to 12

FORMER rector Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P. has spoken out strongly against the K to 12 basic education reform, calling it a tool for “neo-colonists” to obtain cheap labor from poor countries like the Philippines.

In his Manila Bulletin column last June 18, Fr. de la Rosa said he believed the “driving force behind the imposition of the K-12 scheme is not the quest for excellence, but pure market demand.”

The K-12 system is an “offshoot of the inclusion of professional services in trade agreements among countries,” Fr. de la Rosa said. read more »

Crime rate down in UST—security chief

UST SAW a significant drop in petty crime incidents this academic year, assessing the rising rate seen in previous years.

Records from the UST Security Office showed only two reports of theft filed in Academic Year (AY) 2015-2016 compared with eight cases in AY 2014-2015 and 15 cases in AY 2013-2014.

UST Security Chief Joseph Badinas attributed this to new security procedures such as assigning personnel in plain clothes to blend in with crowds and monitor public places like the Santisimo Rosario Church, UST Hospital and the Multi-Deck Parking Building.

Badinas explained how “constant communication” with government agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP) and coordination with barangays around UST helped reduce petty crimes. read more »

Labor chief eyes shorter probation for professors

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III is in favor of a proposal to cut the probation period needed for faculty members to get tenure to just one year instead of three, to reduce job losses during the K to 12 transition.

In a meeting with members of the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (Cotescup), Bello called the probation period “an insensible requirement,” adding that several months should be enough preparation.

Rene Luis Tadle, UST professor and Cotescup lead convenor, called for a law lowering the three-year requirement for tenure to a year or even less. read more »

Central SC vows broader role for local councils

THE NEW Central Student Council (CSC) is set to implement a five-point “T.I.G.E.R. Agenda” of establishing “Thomasian Identity, Inclusive Society, Genuine Concerns, Empowered Studentry, and Responsible Leadership” for Academic Year 2016-2017.

Newly elected CSC President Janela Love Nartates said the council was set on giving local student councils and student organizations a bigger role in the planning and implementation of projects.

CSC Secretary Nina Jessica Pasno said poor information dissemination often resulted in projects not being implemented on time.

“This year, we are really aiming to improve the [information] dissemination, and would make sure that we reach students not just through social media,” Pasno said in a text message. read more »

FULL TEXT: Sona 2016

State of the Nation Address of
Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President of the Philippines
To the Congress of the Philippines
Session Hall of the House of Representatives

[Delivered at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on July 25, 2016]

 

Kindly sit down. Thank you.

Allow me a little bit of informality at the outset. You would realize that the three guys in the elevated portion of Congress are from Mindanao. So, wala talaga kaming masabi. [applause] read more »

Duterte wants stronger ROTC to instill ‘love of country, good citizenship’

July 26, 2016, 3:01 p.m.PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte called for a stronger Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), indicating his support to growing moves to make the military training program mandatory in colleges and universities. read more »

UST to offer 27 undergrad programs to freshmen in 2017

July 21, 2016, 10:16p.m. - THE UNIVERSITY will offer 27 undergraduate programs and three senior high school track programs for Academic Year 2017-2018, a list from the Office for Admissions showed.

The Faculty of Arts and Letters heads the list of colleges with the most number of program offerings: communication arts, journalism, political science, legal management, asian studies, philosophy and literature.  read more »

Cut probation period for profs to one year, universities urged

July 21, 2016, 1:58p.m. - LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III is in favor of a proposal to cut the probation period needed for faculty members to get tenure to just one year instead of three, to reduce job losses during the K to 12 transition.

In a meeting with members of the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (Cotescup), Bello called the probation period “an insensible requirement,” adding that several months should be enough preparation.

Rene Luis Tadle, UST professor and Cotescup lead convener, called for a law lowering the three-year requirement for tenure to a year or even less. read more »

UST Senior High close to hitting 5,000 enrollment target for Grade 11

WITH JUST a few days left before its official opening on July 26, the UST Senior High School (SHS) is only less than a hundred students short of reaching its target of 5,000 students, data from the Office of the Registrar showed.

As of July 4, 4,910 Grade 11 students have already enrolled. However, enrollment will still be open even after the academic year starts to accommodate international students who have yet to obtain their report cards.  read more »

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