All PLM students to get passing mark amid COVID-19 crisis

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 22) – The Pamantasan ng Lungosd ng Maynila administration announced on Wednesday that all of its students will receive a passing mark this semester in light of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

PLM president Noel Leyco bared that all of their students, including those from the medical, law and graduate school departments, are covered by the special grading system.

“The unprecedented global impact of COVID-19 made it impractical for both faculty and students to continue a meaningful academic engagement without being distracted by the real life consequences of the lockdown,” said Leyco.

He added that many PLM students experienced internet connection issues which made it impossible for them to interact with their professors and fulfill their academic requirements.

“Our survey revealed that about 50 percent of our students and about 30 to 40 percent of our faculty have no access to stable internet connections, Leyco pointed out. "So, rather than perpetuate such digital divide, the PLM administration decided to also discontinue on-line academic activities."

Under the memorandum released by the university’s Office of the President, a passing mark will be given to all PLM students officially enrolled in the Academic Year 2019-2020.

According to the memorandum, the pass mark will not be part of the PLM student’s General Weighted Average. For graduating students this school year, the cumulative GWA will be computed only using the grades until the first semester of this year.

Graduating PLM undergraduate students will get the pass mark if they submitted the final draft of the thesis and subsequently approved by their adviser. These students are also not required to undergo a thesis defense.

PLM students who are doing their on-the-job activities must satisfy all their internship requirements to complete their practicum and receive the automatic pass mark.

Students who have incomplete marks from second semester of Academic Year 2018-2019 but were not able to complete their requirements in second semester of Academic Year 2019-2020 due to the ECQ will be granted an extension. They have until the last day of first semester of Academic Year 2020-2021 to complete their incomplete marks.

Graduate school students who were not able to defend their thesis in second semester of Academic Year 2019-2020 will also have an extension of one academic year to complete the requirements.

Leyco also revealed they are studying the possibility of having a “blended” learning mode that will combine virtual and limited in-class sessions during the pandemic.

“We have re-aligned some of our funds to support this initiative and are now working with everyone to ensure that PLM is ready once the lockdown is lifted,” he said.

The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine will last until April 30. President Rodrigo Duterte will decide on the fate of the ECQ tomorrow, according to Sen. Bong Go.