‘No permit, no exam’ policy scrapped– CHEd


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MANILA, Philippines – Colleges and universities can no longer enforce “no permit, no exam” policy.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has ordered all 1,800 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country to make sure low-income students get access to financial aid if they can not meet the deadline for paying tuition.

The order came with new policy guidelines that CHEd issued last April 19, requiring HEIs to provide holistic student affairs and services programs, including scholarship and financial assistance.

“There shall be mechanisms for HEIs to institutionalize more compassionate policies and guidelines particularly for those students belonging to the vulnerable and marginalized sectors of our country,” CHEd Chairperson Patricia Licuanan said in the CHEd Memorandum Order 9 series 2013.

“The HEIs must provide access on any financial assistance in cases where the(se) students can not pay on the particular moment,” she continued.

“In no case shall the HEI implement a ‘no permit, no examination’ policy in case of financial incapacities of the(se) students,” Licuanan stressed.

It is a common practice in colleges and universities for students who were not able to meet the deadline for tuition payment to be denied taking their final exams.

The University of the Philippines (UP) has this month scrapped the ‘no late payment’ of tuition policy as a result of the furor over the case of 16-year Kristel Tejada, a UP Manila freshman.

Tejada, the eldest of four children whose father was laid off from work in the middle of the school year, committed suicide last March 15, two days after she had to take a leave of absence because she could not pay her tuition for the second semester.

CHEd has required colleges and universities to provide a Student Affairs and Services (SAS) office that will provide its students a package of services, including guidance and counseling, career and job placement, economic enterprise development and scholarship and financial assistance.

“There shall be student scholarships and financial assistance in various forms and accessible modalities available to students, with appropriate screening and monitoring procedures and guidelines understood by applicants and recipients,” Licuanan said in the order.

These SAS offices shall also supervise student activities, accredit student organizations and implement disciplinary and grievance mechanisms.

CHEd said there should be rules on student misconduct such as “vandalism, exaggerated utterances, irresponsible and libelous statements and other acts of militancy that threaten peace and order and public and private properties inside and outside the HEIs.”

Tertiary schools were also required to provide services for safe and healthful food; primary health care; safety, security and crime prevention; and student housing by providing students with a list of available dormitories.

Schools are further required to provide their students multi-faith services, promote culture and arts and sports development, promote community development and attend to students with special needs and disabilities.

Through the SAS office, schools were also told to promote programs catering to the economic needs of students such as setting up student cooperatives, having entrepreneurial and income-generating projects and promoting savings.

HEIs currently operating are given three years or until 2017 to fully comply with the new guidelines, while new tertiary schools were told to strictly comply effective this school year.

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  • wawa2172

    Wala nang internal scholarship ang mga state universities dahil wala na itong budget para rito. Deans lister are only receiving less than a thousand per month kung meron man. CHED and DOST provides scholarship program but its only limited to science and technology. The no permit-no exam policy is a good thing for HEI’s students but it may posed problems to teachers and staffs salaries because private HEI’s are dependent on students tuition fees. Maaring ma delay ang sweldo nang mga teachers, lecturers and staffs dahil dito, assuming na kakaunti lang ang mag babayad sa prelim and mid term exams. I guess, CHED policy have win and lose situation dahil pabor ito sa estudyante but not sa school. School also have lots of overheads to settle like power, internet, supplies and materials, vehicle fuels, security guards, phones, etc. CHED policy is appropriate for government supported HEI’s whose budget is provided by the DBM so pweding after the finals or clearance item na ito after the semester ends. The government should also increase its support to state HEI’s dahil kulang na kulang na ito.

    • 8Ring

      HEI Administration should look beyond student tuition fees as the ONLY source of revenue. And if they’re already doing it, then they should do more!!!

      • wawa2172

        Ok, what will the private HEI’s do, put up a mall within the school premises that sell ukay-ukay uniforms, notebooks, thesis for sale, reviewers, calculators, IPad and notebooks for class presentation, etc. I guess private schools is helping the government in its responsibility to educate our students. Private schools and universities like De La Salle, Ateneo, Mapua, etc, may have lots of earnings but most of it came from student tuition fees and malaki rin ang sweldo nang mga faculty and staff. Anyway, the CHED policy should be on a case to case basis. Kung mayaman naman at can afford ang estudyante then the have to pay tuition fees on time before the exams. Only the like of Krystel of UP should be exempted from no tuition fee payment, no exam policy. Even in UP ang daming anak mayaman diyan, sa end of the semester din mag babayad? I would like to make it clear, I am not a school owner but I work in a private company and I find the CHED policy as a problem for private HEI’s. Private HEI’s is an enterprise and need money to keep moving. Again, government HEI’s must be differentiated from a privately run institution.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Sasabihin ng school > “Doon kayo mag exam sa CHED”. Si Penoy naga SHOWBIZZ na naman pang hakot ng boto. Ma bankrupt ang school pag walang mag bayad ng tuition. Hunghang na CHED for election.

      • leomar101

        Pre, the government has no money for additional programs in the colleges and universities that would benefit students from low income families. But for vote buying purposes during election time, mongol has billions of money given away to vote rich areas or provinces. He promised a lot of projects etc. just to get the 12-0 victory.

  • $14334231

    i guess someone has to commit suicide first to implement this new policy……what a pity on that girl. kristel…..and i thought public schools, colleges and universities are subsidized by the government…..where does the money go??????…..

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  • nano

    How can we build a middle class if education is limited only to the people who can pay the tuition.

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