For Immediate Release
16 May 2012
Kabataan hails proposed bill banning ‘no permit, no exam policy’ in schools
Kabataan Partylist hails the proposed bill banning the ‘no permit, no exam policy’ in schools. Said bill is set for Senate discussion, May 17.
House Bill 4791 (HB 4791) or “Anti No Permit, No Exam Policy Bill of 2011” was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on August 4, 2011.
“Amid skyrocketing tuition increases in more than 300 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country, the scheduled first reading of House Bill 4791 (HB 4791) in the Senate is good news to parents and students,” Rendell Ryan Cagula, Kabataan Partylist Regional Coordinator, said.
According to Kabataan, once the bill is enacted, it will mandate all vocational schools, public and private colleges and universities to allow students to take midterms and final examinations even if they have unpaid financial obligations.
As a safety net, the student or parents shall pay not more than six percent (6%) per annum computed from the date of the examination taken by students until the date when the school fees are fully paid. Schools may also withhold the records of students but should release them once the pending arrears are settled.
“The bill is clear in its principle that no student shall be barred from taking his/her examination because of unpaid fees,” Cagula said.
Cagula also noted that this legislation will greatly help the students whose parents are burdened by the increasing prices of basic commodities in the absence of substantial wage increase.
“Some students failed their subjects due to late payment of school fees. This pushes them to retake the subject which in return, an added financial burden to their parents,” he said.
“The approval of HB 4791 is a breakthrough in our campaign for accessible and quality education. This is the result of the unified action of all sectors, especially the youth. We call all the Filipino people to continue the struggle and support HB 4791 until it will become a law and will be fully implemented in schools,” Cagula added.
Once the bill becomes a law, violators can be censured and fined up to PHP 50,000 (USD 1,157).
Rendell Ryan Cagula
Regional Coordinator, Kabataan Partylist