THE city-run Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) has decided to pass all its students in all courses, citing the ‘extremely serious impact of COVID 19 on the academic life of students, faculty and the academic community as a whole.’
PLM President Emmanuel Leyco said the decision was reached by the PLM Board of Regents which, in a meeting, unanimously approved the Alternative Grading System for the Second Semester of the academic school year 2019-2020.
Meanwhile, Leyco said the PLM management and faculty will devote the rest of the time to transition to a virtual, blended and in-class modes of delivering PLM quality education.
Leyco said that the University Council, composed of full-time faculty members of the university, acknowledged the unprecedented global impact of COVID 19 which made it impractical for both faculty and students to continue a meaningful academic engagement without being distracted by the real life consequences of the lockdown.
According to Leyco, many experienced internet connectivity issues which made it impossible to interact with faculty and do research.
‘Our survey revealed that about 50 percent of our students and about 30-40 percent of our faculty have no access to stable internet connections. So, rather than perpetuate such digital divide, the PLM administration decided to also discontinue on-line academic activities.
Thus, leaving the faculty with little basis to evaluate the students,’ he added.
Leyco said graduate students, medical students and law school students are included in the "accelerated academic term" which implemented the special grading system applicable only for the second semester, academic year 2019-2020.
‘The PLM administration is now spending its time to transition to a blended learning mode that will combine virttual and limited in-class sessions during the pandemic. We have re-aligned some of our funds to support this initiative and are now working with everyone to ensure that PLM is ready once the lockdown is lifted,’ he stated further.
‘The grading system will give a grade of “P” (Passing) mark to all PLM students enrolled in the said semester.
This grade will not be used to compute a student’s general weighted average, retention or scholarships. Students who are required to submit a thesis will still be required to do so but will not longer have to defend before a panel. Instead, the approval of the student’s adviser will be sufficient fulfillment of the requirement. Those in the graduate degrees will be given another year to finish their thesis for submission. The academic calendar year will not be changed and will still end on May 23rd,’Leyco stated.