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Kalayaan College in the midst of the Pandemic



Not one single individual had predicted this current pandemic to happen done and it has been a year since a series of lock downs were imposed. All sectors of society were inept in addressing immediate concerns when the lockdown was announced. The private businesses under the tourism sector have lost countless revenues and had to resort to the retrenchment of their respective employees. The transportation industry also suffered the most when travel was restricted and confined only within the vicinity of areas of abode. One of the worst affected is obviously the educational sector, both privately owned and those managed by the Philippine government and more so, at all levels. Kalayaan College (KC) was also unprepared at the onset of the lockdowns but was able to come up with instant remedies to end the second semester of Academic Year 2019 – 20. Through the instructions of the President, all classes had to be done online, whether they be synchronously or asynchronously. The faculty members were given the option on which computer platform they can use just to finish the remaining requirements of the semester. That was obviously a challenge since some did not have enough information and required skills to perform online classes. And it was also a challenge for the administration of the college to monitor the conduct of subjects since various platforms were being used. Several other directives were issued such as the deferment of grades for students who are incapable of completing all the requirements due to internet connectivity. In connection with this, leniency was observed in monitoring online class attendance and lastly, in giving failing grades to students for noncompliance of academic requirements. Being that as it may, Kalayaan College had to earnestly plan for the succeeding semester of the next academic year.