The agony of waiting for the results of the 2008 bar exams for examinees and their families will soon be over as results of the bar are expected to be released by the Supreme Court late Friday afternoon or early evening.
A scaffolding has already been set up at the front yard of the Supreme Court where the names of the successful examinees will be displayed on wide screens aside from the cork boards where print outs listing the names of the topnotchers and passers will be posted.
Steel fences have been put up on the grounds which would serve as a waiting area.
It's an open space, and given the intense heat and exposure to sunlight and unpredictable weather, those planning to go the Supreme Court and camp out are advised to bring their umbrella--along with their patience.
It usually takes so much time for the Supreme Court to decode the scores of the examinees where their assigned numbers on examination day will be now be matched with their respective names. It is only at this time that the names of who got which score will be revealed, as well as the list of the top ten examinees.
A total of 6,364 law graduates who took the bar exams in four Sundays last September, a record high, according to the office of the Bar Confidante headed by Attorney Ma. Cristina Layusa.
The process of decoding began right after an en banc meeting of the Supreme Court this morning where the passing percentage of this year's bar was deliberated on.
Last year, the passing rate was 22.91% which represents only more than 1,200 passers of the more than 5,600 who took the bar. That was lower than the 2006 passing rate of 30.6%. The passing rate had to be adjusted and lowered to 70% from the usual 75% because of the very few number of passers.
Given the strictness of the examiners or the checkers of the exams last year, only about 280 examinees would have passed the 2007 bar had the passing rate not been lowered.
The bar is said to be the toughest licensure exams in the country.
The Chair of the 2008 committee on Bar examinations, Justice Dante Tinga, and SC spokesperson Midas Marquez told ABS-CBN News that the results are expected to be out at 4 pm Friday, at best.
But previously, it usually stretched up to early evening. But Justice Tinga said the results will definitely be released within the day.
As of posting, a few friends of the examinees were already at the SC gate waiting for the results.
Many of the examinees usually prefer not to show up at the Supreme Court and ask instead their parents and friends to check the results for them, nervous and anxious how the results would turn out. It's usually a mixed feeling of anxiety, worry and excitement for the examinees.
The complete list of successful examinees will also be posted at the Supreme Court website, at sc.judiciary.gov.ph, as well as news websites, including abs-cbnnews.com.