There was a forum earlier in which the University Council voted for the approval of the acad calendar shift. Majority voted for the shift for their own personal reasons. There were prior “consultations” to the students regarding the shift but many also voted for the shift. I think majority of them voted for it because they want to have a 4-month vacation. But come on people, who needs a 4-month vacation but suffer irrevocable consequences?
This action cannot be easily undone and who else will suffer more but the faculties, right? They have to engage in new ways to make their students learn better in hot, summer days. Students have an option whether or not to go to school but faculties don’t have that option: they need to go to school even if they only have 3 students for the day. Aside from that, the school also needs to renovate their classrooms to make it a conducive learning space. A state university cannot afford these kind of renovations especially now that the government had cut off the budget.
Change, as they say, is inevitable, but I think this change can be suppressed. This calendar shift is not necessary. We adapted the current setting because our climate dictates us to, while their proposed academic calendar is dictated by selfishness and peer pressure. How can we embrace the internationalization if we are not even united as a nation? Not everyone is nationalistic as the people who experienced war and fought for our country. Many of us just standby and let our minds get polluted by the foreign standards. It is toxic how we are so dependent to other countries (special mention to the United States of America, and yes, we are their unofficial colony). However impossible it may be, we need to stand on our own feet and not just be puppets to what the “big” countries prescribes us to follow. We are not them. We don’t have the same climate. We don’t have the same people, the same resources. We should stop imitating them . We need to fix our internal problems first before having foreign people influence us
We need to get armed before engaging in academic battles. We need to reclaim the top spot in Asia and not just waste resources.
*The reason why I am writing this is just to express my thoughts about the shift. I do not belong to any of the political parties, infact, I am just a loner in the corner trying to express my thoughts here as I don’t have friends o debate with me over this matter.*