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Solon pushes ‘no permit, no exam’ ban

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Rep. Marissa Magsino of the OFW party-list group has pushed for the enactment of the proposed “No Permit, No Exam Prohibition Act.”

Magsino, the principal author of the bill in the House of Representatives, made the appeal after the measure had been approved in the bicameral conference committee.

Magsino stressed the proposed No Permit, No Exam Prohibition Act is a significant step toward promoting equitable access to education.

“By allowing disadvantaged students to take exams without financial barriers, the legislation ensures that education remains accessible to all, regardless of economic challenges,” Magsino said.

Magsino also expressed her appreciation to her fellow lawmakers, advocates, and stakeholders who contributed to the crafting of this policy.

“I am grateful for the collaborative efforts that have led to the passage of this legislation. The No Permit, No Exam Prohibition Act reflects our commitment to inclusivity in education and addresses the challenges faced by students in times of crisis or financial hardship,” Magsino added.

The measure contained in Senate Bill 1359 and House Bill 7584 imposes sanctions on private elementary and high school educational institutions that will bar learners from taking scheduled periodic examinations due to unsettled financial obligations.

Under the provisions of the Act, disadvantaged students, certified as such by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), who are unable to pay tuition and other fees due to calamities, emergencies, and other justifiable reasons, shall be allowed to take periodic and final examinations.

However, schools may require the submission of a promissory note and retain the credentials of the student until the financial obligation is fully settled. In a balanced approach, schools may also voluntarily permit students to take examinations and release credentials even with outstanding financial obligations without the need for DSWD certification.

The No Permit, No Exam Prohibition Act applies to all public and private basic, higher education institutions, and technical-vocational institutions offering long-term courses exceeding one year.

The Act not only recognizes the diverse circumstances that students may face but also encourages educational institutions to play a proactive role in supporting their students during challenging times, Magsino said.

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