Anti-'no permit, no exam' bill passed in House

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2011 04:22 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2011 06:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading the bill penalizing schools that disallow a student from taking an examination if he or she fails to pay arrears.

In a statement, Kabataan Party-list Rep. Raymond “Mong” Palatino said, "The giant leap in our anti-'no permit, no exam' campaign was achieved primarily due to the unity  of students and parents and the quick action of Congress to boost the passage of the bill into law. This is good news and it sends a message to schools to desist implementing the 'no permit, no exam' policy.”

Students and parents can already actually invoke section 99, article 20 of the Manual of Private Schools, but this is being snubbed by school officials sometimes.

"The need for the bill's immediate passage arises because a lot of schools are able to implement the 'no permit, no exam policy' despite existing guidelines. Once the bill becomes a law, violators are censured and can be fined up to P50,000,” he said.

The bill, however, allows schools to charge up to 6% interest rate in fees. Schools may also withhold records of students until after the arrears are settled.