‘No permit, no exam’ policy prevalent in Oro schools-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
THE ‘no permit, no exam’ policy is still prevalent in tertiary schools in the city amid the Commission on Higher Education’s (Ched-10) appeal to colleges and universities that prohibit students from taking periodic or final examinations due to unpaid tuition fees.
“Pero sa finals kailangan na gyud magbayad para maka-take (In the finals you need to pay so you can take the exams),” said Verlina Mana, a second-year student of Bachelor of Science in Technology Communication Management.
Mark Libre, head of student affairs and welfare at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (Must), told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday that they allow students to take exams but they should pay their delinquencies before the semester ends.
For her part, Elva Maramara, Must director for financial management services, said the university is implementing the ‘no permit, no exam’ policy but with considerations.
“Depende mana kay naay dili gyud maka-take sa exam kay kailangan disiplinahon (It depends because there are students that cannot take the exam because they need to be disciplined),” said Maramara.
Staggered with considerations
Maramara said if the students cannot pay full they will allow a 70-percent initial payment and the 30-percent will be paid before the next payment schedule.
Maramara said they will also allow students who cannot pay to take exams but it depends on the circumstances.
“Dili gyud maka-take sa exam pero kung naay guarantor nga motabang og collect sa payment puwede ra (The student won’t take the exam unless
there’s a guarantor who will help collect the payment from the students),” added Maramara.
Guarantors are usually employees of the university.
“Some teachers would allow us to take exams without permit but they will indicate the non-payment on the test papers,” Mana said.
Maramara said if they cannot pay their tuition and other fees they would ask for a promissory note to take the exam.
“The parents will request the promissory note because some students will use the money for other expenditures,” said Libre.
Libre said if the students or their parents failed to pay then they cannot enrol in the following semester unless their accounts are settled.
Ched memo order
Ched’s memorandum order No.2 series of 2010 is based on the premise that education is vital in attaining the developmental goals of the government.
The order also recognizes that during recessions or economic crisis education as one of the basic services is greatly affected.
The memorandum states that “Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) shall extend utmost flexibility in the implementation of the ‘no permit, no
It added that HEIs “shall allow students with delinquent accounts to take school examinations.”
However, the order also allows the HEIs to withhold the release of school clearance prior to graduation if previous accountabilities are not settled.
“Wala mi gi-inform about anang dili na ‘no permit, no exam’ ang policy (We were not informed that we can take the exam without permits),” said Mana.
She added it would be nice if they can take the exams without needing a permit especially during instances when their parents have not yet received their wages.
Maramara said there are students who can actually get permits but they never intend to.
Hannah Janulgue, a fourth-year student of Xavier University said she is afraid she might not be able to take the final exams because her parents cannot pay her school bills this semester. (Anjo Bacarisas)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 05, 2013.