Students urge suspension of online classes despite memo from VPAA

By: Roni Mae Serrano
March 21, 2020

THE OFFICE of the Vice President for Academic Affairs released a memorandum on March 20,  stating that the Colegio will not be suspending its online classes amidst the metro-wide lockdown in Luzon due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to the memorandum posted, the Colegio shall not suspend online classes but are expanding and encouraging the adoption of alternative modes of teaching and learning which includes offline requirements such as handwritten and typewritten outputs.

In addition, it states that any learning constraint and inabilities related to the community quarantine shall not be taken against the student nor reflected unduly in their grades.

However, students were not pleased with the decision.

Shortly after the memo was posted, students shared their utmost dismay and #SuspendOnlineClassesLetran went trending on Twitter.

We did our part already. We tried ways on how to make YOUR online classes effective(kahit walang proper implementation). Tinulungan din namin mga prof. Now, do your part & hear us out. #SuspendOnlineClassesLetran

— (@mitchdulinayan) March 20, 2020

suspend nyo na kasi bago maubos data ko baka lumabas na naman ako para magpaload? #SuspendOnlineClassesLetran

— cheskurrr (@cheskaloops) March 20, 2020

mga nagpapanic na sa health crisis, nagsstruggle pa humanap ng internet connection. konsiderasyon naman sa mga estudyante niyo. #SuspendOnlineClassesLetran

— asul #OustDuterte (@lexdoradooo) March 20, 2020

We are not LEARNING, we are just COMPLYING. #SuspendOnlineClassesLetran

— (@annawesomeee) March 20, 2020

#SuspendOnlineClassesLetran prioritize students' health and safety!

— cheskurrr (@cheskaloops) March 19, 2020

“Let’s start simple. Please read articles 1231-1304.” #SuspendOnlineClassesLetran

— BORJ (@kkajrob) March 20, 2020

Meanwhile, all online classes and discussions shall be suspended in observance of Holy Week which will start from April 5 to April 12.

Several neighboring universities in Intramuros like Mapua University, Lyceum University of the Philippines, and Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila have already suspended their online classes prior to the enhanced community quarantine.