Classes were suspended as the super typhoon “Ruby” threatened to enter Philippine shores. Most of these schools are based in Visayas. However, some schools continued classes despite warnings from the authorities for they relied on their own assessment of the weather.
That was a very dangerous call. The storm could have changed speed at anytime and could have hit them, and they could not have seen it coming. One school that did not suspend their classes, University of the Philippines Cebu, defended their actions stating that UP is “independent” and that the suspension of classes can be authorized by the UP President or the dean of the said campus. Their decision to proceed with their final examinations that were scheduled the week classes were to be suspended was commendable yet very risky.
The studying youth must be protected. As much as possible, our younger generation must be kept alive. Suspension can delay progress in school but it makes a great difference if calamities like typhoons really hit hard. Such disasters can be very deadly and it is only right that we take the young as far away as possible; if it means taking them away from school then it must be done immediately.
We defend our country against any threat, natural or man-made. We have different ways to do so; suspension of classes is one of them. It is a good way to counteract the effects of typhoons. It is a good defense that makes a big difference in the reduction of casualties, whose huge numbers we constantly complain about. It is only right that classes be suspended when necessary.