GMA FAVORS SEPTEMBER SCHOOL OPENINGManila, May 9, 2003 -- President Arroyo prefers to have classes open on September instead of June. The President made her preference known yesterday in her weekly television program The Working President. "For me, September is the best time to open classes not because of SARS, but because of our changing seasons," the President said. The President said a September opening would be better for children, because they would be spared of the heavy rains that usually start in June. The Department of Education and the SARS Management Committee had earlier ruled out the possibility of moving the opening of classes from June 9 to September. Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus said that classes will open as scheduled on June 9. He explained that a September school opening was considered only because of the SARS situation. The suggestion was brushed aside when the local SARS situation improved.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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