Why Poe wants Christmas break to begin every December 12

  • Senator Grace Poe urged the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to consider an earlier Christmas break for students
  • Poe said earlier Christmas break for students could help decongest Metro Manila’s highway
  • Poe wants Christmas break to begin every December 12 instead of December 18

A Christmas break for students in Metro Manila as early as December 12?

As per a GMA News Online story, it said that in a bid to help decongest Metro Manila’s highways Senator, Grace Poe has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to consider declaring an earlier Christmas break for students.

“Hindi ba natin puwedeng pag-aralan na gawin hanggang December 12 lang ang pasukan or hanggang first week or a little bit until second week hindi yung katulad dati na December 18 may pasok pa yung mga bata? [Can’t we consider making the classes up to December 12 only or up to the first week or a little bit until second week? Unlike before when classes are still ongoing even if it’s December 18 already],” Poe stated.

The lady senator pointed out that any day lost for an earlier holiday break can be compensated by adjusting the start of the summer vacation.

She also said that an earlier vacation for students could give them quality time with their families and lessen the stress of doing many school projects.

Poe said she will invite representatives from DepEd, CHED, and local government units to discuss how to lessen the traffic jams in December.

Confident

Meanwhile, Poe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services, expressed confidence that parents would support her proposal.

“It’s a matter of being flexible at saka puwede namang bawiin ‘yan next year, dagdagan ‘yung school days para ‘yung break nila mas humaba nang kaunti. I’m sure parents would appreciate it more dahil itong holiday [It’s a matter of being flexible and they can pay for that next year by adding a few school days so that their break will be extended. I’m sure parents would appreciate it more because we are extending the holiday],” he said.

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