Dr. Gerardo A. Rigonan, the College Dean of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College has issued a memorandum dated 9 June 2009 postponing the opening of classes from June 8, 2009 to June 15, 2009 in the College and Graduate School Levels. This is pursuant to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum dated 5 June 2009 signed by Chairman Emmanuel Y. Angeles.
The following were the reasons for the said postponement as stated in the CHED Memorandum:
- Many foreign students studying in the Philippines are still coming in, in time for the opening of classes. Some of them have come from countries where there are confirmed A(H1N1) cases, thus, the rescheduling of the class opening will give them time to self-quarantine;
- The inclement weather being experienced in the country now has caused street flooding, and traffic congestion which is not conducive for both the students and the higher education institutions relative to the opening of the school year; and
- It has been observed that most parents are not yet financially ready for the opening of classes for SY 2009-2010. This rescheduling will give them ample time to prepare and look for some other resources to enable them to send their children back to school.