MANILA - Students, persons who sell or buy dissertations, thesis and other school papers will be punished if a bill on academic honesty becomes a law.
Rep. Delphine Gan Lee said House Bill 3793 or the “Academic Honesty Act of 2013” makes “unlawful for any person to sell, offer to sell, purchase or offer to purchase any material either written or provided through electronic media which will be submitted by a student as his or her own work to any university, college, academy, school or other educational institution, or to a course, seminar or degree program held by such institution.”
Section 5 of HB 3793 provides that any person found guilty of violating the proposed law shall be meted a penalty of imprisonment of arresto menor (one day to thirty days), or a fine of not more than ten thousand pesos (P10,000), or both, at the discretion of the court, taking into consideration all attending circumstances.
She said the bill was already referred by the plenary to the Committee on Higher and Technical Education and the Committee on Basic Education for appropriate action and possible endorsement.
"The nation's human development program, especially our educational system, should, among other important foundations, be based and developed on the principle of honesty and hard work," she said.