SU to review 5-day week scheme

By Kristine Felva P. Licup

A survey gauging the pulse of parents, students and teachers on the new class schedule, which devotes Mondays solely for outside classroom activities, will be conducted soon, said a member of the Silliman University administration.

Mark Garcia, Office of Information and Publication director, said although they are still working on the survey which means there are no concrete details as of the moment, they are hopeful results will prove favorable to the five-day week scheme.

“From the administration’s point of view, we say that the five-day week scheme is viable. It is something that needs to be sustained because it is really beneficial not only for students but also for the university,” he said.

Garcia added that one of the major concerns of colleges when the new class calendar was first introduced was the tight scheduling that eliminated breaks in between classes throughout the week.

“I think [the colleges] were able to work around it already as they were informed by the vice-president for Academic Affairs that while it is true that we are conducting classes from Tuesday to Friday, [the new schedule] does not limit anyone to those days,” he said. He also said the five-day week scheme was not implemented without consideration of the “needed time for students to eat, relax a bit and study.”

According to Garcia, the survey on the college level will be patterned from an earlier one conducted among parents, students and teachers of the School of Basic Education (SBE).

The five-day week scheme survey found that majority of the 1,700 SBE respondents favored the new schedule:

elementary – 82.92 percent of 603 parents, 88.38 percent of 413 pupils, 60 percent of 20 teachers;

high school – 76.58 percent of 121 parents, 89.88 percent of 515 students and 56 percent of 14 teachers.

Garcia said the survey showed that “everyone has finally gotten out of the adjustment period,” adding that he sees no reason why they should not continue implementing it next school year.

“In the first few months of implementation, students were asking ‘Why?’ and parents were complaining. There were quite a number in the Silliman community who were not so appreciative of it. [But] the research shows that . . . more and more students and parents like it,” he said.

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