CHED Implements Suspension on Foreign Internships for Pinoy Students
CHED – The Commission on Higher Education decided to suspend the overseas internships for Pinoy students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected over 200 countries and territories across the globe. It brought a lot of changes to nations with confirmed cases like the Philippines.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), as of this writing, they have logged a total of 202,361 coronavirus cases in the country. It includes 3,137 deaths and 133,460 recoveries.
For several months now, PH is under community quarantine measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. Social distancing and the wearing of a face mask also became protocols in line with the fight.
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) was alarmed by the speed of the spread of the infection. WHO reminds not to put the guards down early.
Classes have yet to start in elementary and secondary schools in the Philippines. Supposedly, the school year opens in June. The Department of Education (DepEd) initially moved it to August due to the pandemic then shifted again the schedule to October.
With regards to classes in colleges and universities which are under the Commission on Higher Education, the school administration has the decision in collaboration with CHED depending on their preparedness.
However, overseas internships for Pinoy students are suspended. Based on the report on ABS-CBN News, CHED made the decision for the safety of the students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Higher Education Chairman Prospero De Vera stressed that there is no assurance on the safety of the students if they will be allowed to leave the country for their internship. Also, the Commission may also have a hard time bringing them back.
The Commission has previously coordinated with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) regarding the repatriation of the students who flew to other countries for their internship. The body previously expressed that is on studying “flexible” internship program possibilities.
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