The University of the Philippines (UP) and De La Salle University (DLSU) are implementing a no-fail policy for students in consideration of learning challenges amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.
UP and DLSU were lauded by netizens for showing compassion to students who were made to adopt new modes of learning at home and away from school.
The Philippines’ top universities have approved the policy for the ongoing term to ensure that no learner gets left behind due to challenges brought by the ongoing health crisis.
The De La Salle University’s (DLSU) Academics Council announced that the institution has adopted a “No Fail Policy” on April 22, 2021.
The DLSU resolution to reimpose the policy will take effect from Term 2 of Academic Year 2020-2021 until further notice.
“The No Fail Policy means that the grade of withdrawn (W) shall be reported in place of a 0.0. A mark of W means that credit is not earned for the course but it is not considered a failure. The W mark is not included in the computation of the GPA,” the university said.
“Since a grade of 0.0 cannot be incurred during this period, ineligibility rules are effectively suspended as well,” DLSU adds.
The policy is applicable to every undergraduate and graduate student, including the College of Law.
The University of the Philippines (UP) Office of the Student Regent (OSR) has also announced that no student will receive a failing mark in the current semester.
The UP-OSR released the guidelines dated April 19, 2021, for the national university’s policies related to remote teaching and learning contained in OVPAA Memorandum 2021-61.
The university’s no-fail policy which was applied during the first semester for the academic year 2020-2021, will be also be implemented during the second semester.
Under the UP grading system, 1 is the highest grade, while 5 is the failing grade.
“A faculty member may DROP a student whose status is failing or unsatisfactory, but no student shall receive a grade of 4 or 5 for the Second Semester AY 2020-2021,” the university said.
“We thank our faculty, faculty administrators, and non-academic support staff for their fortitude and for being one with UP’s commitment to uphold the general welfare of its students and the practice of compassion and flexibility during these difficult times,” UP adds.
“As the country’s National University, we will make every effort to ensure that we will thrive under difficult circumstances.”
De La Salle University was ranked in the latest edition of the University Impact Rankings by the Times Higher Education. The University of the Philippines meanwhile leads the country’s educational institutions in the January 2021 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and the QS Asian Rankings.
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