UST closes down 2 programs

UST closes down 2 programs

-  The effects of the K to 12 program can now be felt in colleges and universities

-  Only 17 applicants qualified into the two programs, causing the university to cancel the programs instead

-  The same can be expected next year, with the implementation of the Grade 12 commencing

The repercussions of the newly-implemented K to 12 curriculum can now be felt by schools all over the country. One such school is the University of Santo Tomas (UST), as the oldest university in the Philippines has decided to no longer offer Journalism and Legal Management to freshmen students for academic year 2016-2017.

UST closes down 2 programs

The entrance of St. Raymund's Building, where both Journalism and Legal Management enrollees take their classes.

(photo credit: bienvenidotours.com)

This may be largely due to the fact that this academic year sees little to zero freshman college students, with the first year of implementation of the K to 12 beginning last June.

Because of the new curriculum, the usual college freshman batch from high school had to proceed to Grade 11 instead.

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Next school year will be another freshman-less year, as the Grade 12 program will consequently be opening too.

The cancellation of Journalism and Legal Management for this school year was announced last Friday, July 15, by UST Assistant Dean Narcisa Tabirara, via the official publication of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters.

UST closes down 2 programs

Asst. Dean Narcisa 'Nancy' Tabirara

(photo credit: ust.edu.ph)

According to Tabirara, only a few applicants qualified for the two programs.

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To be exact, only six freshman students qualified for the Journalism program, while only 11 were eligible for the Legal Management program. According to UST standards, a program requires at least 40 enrollees to be workable.

UST closes down 2 programs

Legal Management students during the Freshman Walk two years ago.

(photo credit: youtube.com)

The 17 qualified applicants were instead offered by UST to consider taking other courses, such as Communication Arts (CA) or Political Science (PolSci). This option was given as professors and instructors of the Journalism and Legal Management departments were also called upon to teach under the CA and PolSci programs.

As to whether the qualified applicants chose to pursue another course, the university gave no details.

Classes for the 2016-2017 academic year in UST will start this August. Last year, the 405-year-old university shifted their academic year opening from June to August.-KJ, Kami Media

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