CHED chief wants moratorium of field trips, educational tours following Tanay bus crash
In wake of the tragic bus mishap in Tanay, Rizal which killed 14 people last February 20, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) commissioner Prospero De Vera filed a request at the En Banc on to issue a moratorium on field trips and educational tours.
In a CHED statement February 21, De Vera said the moratorium will allow the commission to investigate the tragedy and review current policies on field trips.
Educational tours are regulated by CHED Memorandum Order No. 17, which also requires colleges and universities to inform the CHED regional office of such trips a month before they are held.
“While it is true that field trips are essential to give students the opportunity to see and explore new things, enhance their learning experience in a natural setting, and provide for interest-driven and hands-on training, the safety of the students on field trips must be ensured at all times by school authorities,” the CHED commissioner said.
CHED earlier ordered the officials of Bestlink College to submit an incident report immediately, which would help determine whether its regulations were violated.
“We will expedite the necessary investigation to determine if proper procedures were observed by school authorities, impose the necessary sanctions, if warranted and determine whether existing policies adequately protect the safety of students,” the official stressed.
De Vera also slammed the college for continuing the activity despite the tragedy.
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