The Catholic De La Salle University in Manila has announced that it will implement a “No Fail Policy” during the coronavirus pandemic.
The policy will take effect starting Term 2 of the academic year 2020-2021 until further notice, the university announced.
“The ‘No Fail Policy’ means that the grade of withdrawn (W) shall be reported in place of a 0.0.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,” said the university.
The policy of W instead of 0.0 is applicable to every undergraduate and graduate student, including the College of Law.
The Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University said it will not implement a “no fail policy” as its “structures provide ways of making students fulfill requirements that take into consideration their individual contexts.”
It said students with difficulty can request a withdrawal with permission or getting an incomplete, with the option for an extended period for completing the incomplete grade.
Several other universities in the Philippine capital have earlier implemented a “no fail policy,” including the University of the Philippines.
A group of legislators has earlier filed resolutions in Congress urging the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to impose a moratorium on tuition increases and implement academic easing amid the pandemic.
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