CHED advised public universities to start classes in August
- Apr 18, 2019
Commission on Higher Education, CHED has asked all public universities and colleges to move their session openings to August, for school year 2019 to 2020. Prospero de Vera III, Chairman CHED stated that this shift would ensure that schools' academic calendars gets aligned with the fiscal year.
De Vera said in the memo that all the State Universities & Colleges and Local Universities & Colleges are to be synchronize with their respective academic year to the fiscal year starting fiscal year 2019. This will help with the easier processing of schools' budgets as the government shifts to cash-based budgeting.
CHED had earlier proposed the change in the opening of classes after noting the commission may have difficulty with the shift to cash-based budgeting as the fiscal year and academic year are not aligned.
He acclaimed that validation processes and paperwork make it difficult for CHED to reimburse all schools by the end of the year. Having schools to open in August, would thus address this issue as reimbursements to schools for the first semester of the academic year may be done by the end of the year. In the same manner, budget allocations and reimbursements for the second semester can be done in January during the start of a new fiscal year.
De Vera also said the August opening of classes is only a recommendation and not a requirement for schools.
The news was previously published in rappler.com
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