CHED XI directs schools to accept students from Marawi

THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHED) XI issued a memorandum directing public and private institutions to accept the displaced students from Marawi City.

CHED XI director Raul Alvarez Jr. issued the regional memorandum on June 20 in deference to the memo from chairperson Patricia Licuanan on June 14 for higher education institutions to adopt urgent measures to facilitate relief and rehab in areas affected by the Marawi firefight.

All concerned HEIs were encouraged to extend any form of assistance to alleviate the condition of affected students.

“The admission of all affected student enrollees or transferees who are unable to present proper academic records or credentials due to disruption of HEI operations pending regular resumption of the regular operations and proper processing of documents,” the memorandum read.

The memorandum also covers the provisions by the HEIs and other stakeholders of full support and appropriate assistance such as waiver of tuition and other fees or grants-in-aid, emergency financial assistance to meet the basic needs (food, water, temporary shelter, counseling services) as warranted by the circumstances of the affected students.

“Based on the memorandum from the chairperson, HEIs extending assistance to affected students are enjoined to submit a report to CHED on the details of their activities and assistance to students, possibly on a weekly basis,” the regional memorandum read.

The said reports will serve as CHED’s tool in assessing the situation on the ground as well as consolidating the short-term and medium-term logistical requirements for rehabilitation in higher education.

Alvarez told TIMES yesterday those students from Marawi City who do not have school records should be welcomed and helped by all institutions.

“Their school was bombed out. What can you do? They should be granted continuous access to tertiary education,” he said.

He said those displaced students cannot be forced to produce transfer credentials, noting that there were five or six schools that were all burned out.

Though they do not have credentials, Alvarez said, they just have to manifest and the schools will immediately admit them.

Students will be admitted to all of the private and public institutions in the region, but most of them would likely go to public schools as classes for private institutions have started and public schools start on August.

In the absence of their students record, the displaced students are allowed to take the same courses they took Marawi. Alvarez added that in due time, they will have to construct the records of the students which can be retrieved from the CHED ARMM.

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