MANILA -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said colleges and universities should talk with their students in planning for the next academic year.
CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera advised administrators of higher education institutions to consult students and find out their concerns and limitations.
"'Yong eskuwelahan kapag dinisenyo niya 'yong bagong semestre under the new normal, dapat nakikipag-usap sa inyo," De Vera said over radio DZMM, addressing a student from Adamson University.
"'Yong inyong concerns, limitasyon, dapat pinaparating niyo 'yan sa pamantasan para makadisenyo sila, kasi iba-iba ang kalagayan ng pamantasan," he added.
De Vera said consultation with students was also a part of flexible learning, the style of education which the CHED recommended for the upcoming academic year.
Flexible learning combines online learning with traditional learning and other offline methods such as take-home readings and activities.
"Kasama sa flexible learning, ia-adjust mo 'yong sistema mo doon sa kakayanan ng bata, kung nasaan siya, ano ang kaniyang access," said De Vera.
"Ang online hindi para sa lahat kasi may mga lugar at may mga estudyante na hindi kaya mag-online so ang gagamitin ng pamantasan sa kanila 'yong iba pang paraan," he said.
De Vera added that the commission has been helping colleges and universities in adjusting for flexible learning.
"Tinutulungan natin ang teachers, tine-train natin sila kung paano baguhin ang kanilang syllabus, paano ang materyales," he said.
De Vera earlier said colleges and universities implementing flexible learning mode may start the next academic year in August or earlier months.