STATE Universities and Colleges ( SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges ( LUCs) may shift their academic calendars “to begin in August of every year” starting this academic year.
Prospero De Vera, Commission on Higher Education ( CHEd) Chairman, said in a memorandum dated April 5, 2019, issued to CHEd Regional Office Directors, Officers-in-Charge, Heads of SUCs and LUCs, De Vera officially announced that SUCs and LUCs are enjoined to shift their academic calendars “to begin in August of every year” starting this coming academic year.
De Vera explained the move is “pursuant to the pertinent provisions of RA 7722 or the Higher Education Act of 1994’ and CEB Resolution No. 142-2019.”
He said all SUCs and LUCs “are enjoined to synchronize its respective Academic Year (AY) to a Fiscal Year (FY) starting FY 2019 and to ensure that starting FY 2020, all SUCs and LUCs have synchronized their academic year to a fiscal year.”
De Vera also clarified that the “main reason for the shift” is the “special provision” in the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) citing the “CHEd should synchronize” the academic calendar to August for SUCs and LUCs.
However, he stressed that “enjoined” means the CHEd is “encouraging” the SUCs and LUCs to shift their academic calendars to August.