The Revilla family has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to evaluate the recommendations to move the academic calendar for basic education from June to March.
Under their House Resolution No. 940, Cavite 1st District Rep. Jolo Revilla, 2nd District Rep. Lani Revilla, and Agimat Partylist Rep. Bryan Revilla urged the Committee on Basic Education and Culture of the lower House to investigate the call to reinstate the traditional school opening.
According to them, this is “for the purpose of finding the best case scenario and the most suitable opening of classes for K to 12 students.”
They stressed out that it is necessary to conduct a thorough assessment of implementation of previous policies on local school calendar, including but not limited to cost-benefit analysis (including intangibles), available data gathering and analysis, a wider consultation process relative to plans of stakeholders on moving the opening of classes from August or September or back to June.
The lawmakers also mentioned that various groups have called the Department of Education to consider returning the customary school calendar due to the intolerable heat, which greatly affects the students and teachers.
“Summer in the Philippine being April and May, reverting back to the June to March school calendar still seems to be more viable, considering the effects of extreme heat and the lack of facility in our public schools to protect our learners from its harmful effects, and the practicality of the season for family strengthening activities,” the resolution stated.