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A House panel approves ban on “no permit, no exam” in private HEIs.

House Bill 1160, which seeks to outlaw the “no permit, no exam” approach at private higher education institutions, received preliminary approval from the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education on Monday (HEIs).

Rep. Raoul Manuel, a member of the Kabataan party list, claimed during the hearing that his legislation would ensure that “the Filipino youth who are suffering from the impact of economic crisis, those who have difficulty keeping up with the cost of education are still able to continue their studies.”

When the exam period in our schools approaches, our students are affected both physically and economically because they must find a way to pay for their school fees. “Kapag papalapit na yung exam period sa ating mga paaralan kaysa makapag-focus yung ating estudyante sa kung paano sila makakapaghanda, makakapag-aral ay pwede pa silang maape They are unable to concentrate on the exams because of this,” Manuel stated.

According to Manuel, the proposal recognizes institutions’ rights and gives them the authority to refuse to grant students clearance or certificates if they do not pay their outstanding costs.

Rep. Mark Go of Baguio City, chair of the committee, endorsed the idea.

When enforcing a punishment, why not make it more positive? “Pwede bang imbes na negative ito (Can we do away with the negative impact) Isn’t it better (that the private colleges, universities, and other institutions should permit students to sit for exams even if they haven’t paid)? Because it’s the only time they pay tuition, it’s important that you stick to the scheduled exam dates because otherwise, they won’t be able to take the test (that would be hard). To safeguard the institutions, Go said, “let them take the exam, but they (the school) can hold on to their credentials until they pay. Otherwise, they cannot enroll in the next semester or year.

Go suggested that Manuel change his original idea, and Manuel agreed.

Go promised that the committee would craft a “win-win” bill that would benefit students and higher learning institutions.

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