Upon the approval of the NSU-Board Resolution No. 29 s. 2017, Naval State University implemented the four-day class policy effective last July 17.
After the conversion has been adopted, the university will allot a single day for Teacher- Student Enhancement program every Wednesday, except for the Laboratory High school and Graduate School.
University OIC president Dr. Victor C. Cañezo Jr. confirmed that every Wednesday is intended for research, extension, accreditation and other related functions beyond school activities.
“On every Wednesday, directors may initiate activities for students and teachers. In case there is none, then the students are not actually required to go to school,” said Dr. Cañezo.
Wednesday still official
According to the university president, Wednesday is still an official day. Thus, regular teachers including faculty members with contract of service will still be paid equivalent for five days.
“It is optional for the part-time instructors to come on wash day since they only depend on their load schedule. But I suggest that they still report and help in other activities,” he added. “Dito sila masusubukan if they are willing to help on school activities even if they don’t have free time.”
Policy issues addressed
In an interview with the Pillar, Student Regent Jerome T. Arcenal clarified issues regarding the implementation of the scheme. “Four day class is observed not only in NSU, it is also observed at the Leyte Normal University. Like what happened to the LNU, we believed that majority of the stakeholders are satisfied on the implementation of this,” said Hon. Arcenal.
“Though some of the students are not that satisfied of this four-day class for they were surprised because the implementation was almost amid of the semester, nevertheless, we found out that only those students in an irregular status who used to complain,” he expounded.
Hon. Arcenal further emphasized that the student council office is open to the students’ complaints instead of lashing their grievances on social media which he deems “unfair to the university.”
With regards to concerns about students’ safety, Hon. Arcenal recommended that students from far-flung places to hire a ‘hatid-sundo’ or they could opt to stay on a boarding house near the university.
“If you are really dedicated and committed to finish your study, no matter how far is your home and no matter what time in the night your class ends, there are lots of ways,” Arcenal further said.
“If I were to rate the four-day class scheme on a one-to-ten scale, I’ll rate 8.” he concluded.