Students at an East Manila dormitory will be able to return to their classrooms and study online at the same time they are living at the dormitory.
The university, in the midst of an academic crisis, announced Tuesday that it will offer online study for the first time to students who register their information at a website for the academic year beginning this week.
In addition, students will be allowed to book accommodation in their own dormitory, where they will have to show a passport to enter the building.
The move is expected to bring a much needed infusion of money into the campus’ finances, said James W. Rios, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Manila’s Catholic University.
The Philippine government announced last year that it would fund the dorms.
“The plan is for students to be able [to study online] from the beginning,” Rios said.
“They will be back in their dormitories.
They’ll be able get back to their studies.”
The move comes amid rising student enrollment, as a rise in foreign students is pushing up the cost of living in the city.
It is not the first major change to the university’s campus.
Students at the University of the Philippines’ Diliman campus, which is adjacent to the dormitious Diliman College, were able to study online there in 2017, although the dorm was shut down due to financial constraints.
The students were allowed to use a computer to study at home but not on campus.
The dormitory’s current management is expected a new campus that has the same layout and amenities as Diliman.
Rio said it will be interesting to see what the students make of the new arrangement.
The Philippines’ education system has been under increasing scrutiny, with many students saying they are not receiving adequate education.
The government has pledged to raise the salaries of teachers, reduce costs, and provide a more equitable education system.
Education Minister Grace Poe said last month that she is working on ways to address the lack of education for poor students.
A bill that would allow for more financial aid to be given to students, such as scholarships, was passed in Congress in February, but it was stalled.