MANILA (UPDATED) - The Supreme Court (SC) has rescheduled the Bar exams to January to February next year.
Supreme Court en banc unanimously decided to reset the Bar exams from November 2021 to January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 2022, based on proposal by Bar Exams chair Justice Marvic Leonen.
In a bar bulletin released on Tuesday, Leonen said this was “after considering the COVID-19 situation nationally and in all the testing sites, as well as receiving advice from various experts.”
Nonetheless, Leonen said the application period for those who wish to take the examinations will not be reopened.
“All preparatory activities for the Bar Examinations, including the selection of the bar applicants of their venue, downloading of the secure exam delivery program, and other activities, shall continue,” he said.
“Treat this as an opportunity. Keep your momentum. Remember that you study not only to pass the Bar Examinations but also so that you will best serve others. Study well, purposively, and with passion,” he added.
According to an ABS-CBN News source, the SC based its decision to move Bar Examination on “studies showing January would be best time to hold the Bar as COVID infections would have decreased considerably.”
Earlier this year, SC announced November's supposed exam was going to be “digitalized, localized, and proctored. It was also announced that Bar examinees were to take the exams using their own Wi-Fi-enabled laptops instead of the traditional exams that required all answers to be handwritten.
In 2020, the high court en banc decided to skip Bar exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic. - With reports from Mike Navallo and Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBN News