By KC Santos
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – As thousands of college students begin their final exams this week, Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond Palatino warns schools against implementing a “no permit, no exam” policy.
Although a consolidated bill is yet to be passed into law, Palatino said private schools are still obliged to follow an existing policy against ‘no permit, no exam’ as stated in section 99 article 20 of the Manual of Regulations for Private Higher Education Institutions.
The manual, drafted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with private school administrators, contains a provision that states: “No higher education institution shall deny FINAL exams to a student who has outstanding financial obligations, including unpaid tuition and other school fees corresponding to the school term.”
“The necessity of creating an anti-no permit, no exam law was a result of the loose compliance of schools to an existing policy that allows students with pending arrears to take their final exams,” Palatino said.
“I earnestly remind our schools to ensure that all students will be allowed to take their exams– even those with existing financial obligations to the school.”
Palatino explained that the consolidated House Bill 4791 is “reasonable” in that students with pending arrears can take examinations but their records can only be cleared once they have settled their financial obligations.
He also allayed fears that this proposed law will financially hurt schools because students are required to pay at least 30 percent of their tuition upon enrollment and complete the remaining amount during clearance.
“It should be clarified that the bill is not against our schools. We hold in high esteem our private schools as partners in creating the best education practices,” he said.
Palatino said that once the consolidated bill is tackled in the Senate, he will push for the inclusion of basic education in its scope and graver sanctions for offenders
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