Wednesday, 27 January 2010

CHED to HEI: Allow students with arrears to take exam

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Na-experience mo na ba ang di pagtakin ng test kasi di ka pa bayad sa tuition mo?? pahirap no?? Well..ngayon hindi na dahil pwede ka na magmidterm o finals kahit di ka pa fully paid. Iyan ay ayon sa CHED memorandum.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued Tuesday a memorandum ordering higher education institutions (HEIs) to allow students to take school examinations regardless of unpaid fees.

CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) 02 series of 2010 directed all colleges and universities to be flexible in the implementation of the “no permit, no exam” policy which was earlier criticized by various student groups.

“This is also in accordance with the pertinent provision of the 1987 Constitution and RA 7722 and for the purpose of ensuring the accessibility and affordability of quality higher education, and also in view of the unabated economic crisis brought about by circumstances worldwide as well as the recent calamities that the country has faced in the last year,” Angeles said in his order.

“In view of the ongoing premises, all concerned HEI’s are hereby requested to extend all possible assistance to students with outstanding balances in tuition and other fees due to financial difficulties. They shall extend utmost flexibility in the implementation of the no permit, no exam policy they are adopting, if any, and any such policies that prohibit students from taking their periodic or final exams due to unpaid school accounts,” Angeles added.

Ako bilang estudyante ay sumasangayon dito. Kasi naman mageexam lang di pwede?? Pwede ka naman nilang harangin kapag kukuha ka na ng requirements o kung anu man. Pag di nakapag-exam mas mapapgastos ang estudyante dahil may special exam fee at kung ano ano pang make up projects ang ibibigay ng prof. E di lalong naghirap si pobreng estudyante?? At last the government is doing something to uplift the situation of poor students.

Pero di lang kabutihan ang maidudulot nito. Ayon sa coolbuster blog na binabasa ko:

1. The directive itself is debatable. It says: "...all concerned HEIs are hereby requested to extend all possible assistance to students with outstanding balances in tuition and other fees due to financial difficulties." Note the highlighted word "requested" which means that it is not compulsory and that compliance by the HEI's might be discretionary. Dr. Emmanuel Angeles, CHEd chairman, was quoted as saying "we are urging all 1,781 HEIs to comply with the memo. Again, notice the word in bold letters. It should have been 'directing' or 'ordering' to give the memo sharper teeth. However, CHEd may be exercising its innate persuasive power which means that there's no violation but watch out if you don't follow.

2. It will possibly encourage laziness on the part of the parents. We don't generalize but there is a possibility that some of them will take their school obligation for granted because the memo allows the students to take the exams even if they have arrears.

3. The worst case scenario is that, it can possibly lead to the closure of some colleges (even universities) with not so good financial capabilities to sustain. What will happen to the salaries of their admins, non-teaching staff and the faculty if tuition fee payments are delayed? What about the schools' tax requirements, utility bills and other daily operating expenses?

Oo nga naman. May point kaya lang sana tayong mga estudyante at magulang ay wag mastadong umabuso. Para di naman malugi ang university.Mas lalo tayong mahihirapan pag nagka ganun. Ikaw?? ano sa tingin mo??


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