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Camille urges swift passage of ‘no permit, no exam’ bill

April 27, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 192 views

CITING recent social media posts wherein some students had to line up shortly after midnight to get a permit to take the exams, Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas City Representative Camille Villar said Thursday it is “high time” to pass the key reform measure.

“Students should not be barred from taking exams due to their inability to pay tuition and other school fees at the time of their examinations.

Hindi lang sa kolehiyo nangyayari ito ngayon kundi pati sa elementary at high school,” lamented Villar.

Villar, one of the principal authors of House Bill (HB) No. 7584 or An Act Allowing Elementary and Secondary Learners with Unpaid Tuition and Other School Fees to Take the Periodic and Final Examinations on Good Cause and Justifiable Grounds, reiterated that if passed into law, will provide relief to families facing economic difficulties.

Sessions will resume on May 8 after a recess.

Under the measure, private basic educational institutions shall adopt appropriate policies to accommodate and allow learners who, due to emergencies, force majeure, and good cause or other justifiable reasons, have unsettled financial obligations to take the scheduled periodic exams.

Parents or guardians, however, must execute a promissory note for the settlement of the outstanding financial obligation. Any deferment of payment of unpaid balance shall not go beyond the school year except when allowed by the school.

Once approved into law, sanctions await schools found guilty of violating the measure.

Villar asserted: “Poverty should not be an issue to get quality education.”

She said the House of Representatives is expected soon to put to a vote the important piece of legislation.

The bill was approved on second reading before lawmakers went on a break last March.

The counterpart measure, Senate Bill (SB) No. 1359, has been approved on third and final reading.