Alavar lauded for supporting House bill on school exams PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 January 2012 14:23

Kabataan Party list Rep.  Raymond Palatino has commended District 2 Councilor Miguel “Mike” Alavar III for sponsoring a resolution supporting House Bill No. 4791 which prohibits the so-called “no permit, no examination” policy being implemented by some schools in the country.

No les than Palatino lauded Alavar and the City Council during a conversation over cell phone last January 18, where the  congressman expressed his deepest gratitude to Alavar for supporting the house bill he co-authored.

Palatino said the City Council of Zamboanga is the first city in Mindanao that manifested support to the said house bill.
Alavar sponsored a resolution supporting House Bill No. 4791 during a regular session last year. It was unanimously approved by the august body.

“Malaking tulong po ito sa mga studyanteng Pilipino at nagpapasalamat ako kay Councilor Alavar at sa Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Zamboanga sa supporta po ninyo”, said Congressman Palatino.

The House of Representatives recently approved the bill on third and final reading.

The House Committee on Technical and Higher Education chaired by Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara has endorsed the bill to the Senate.
Angara, who is the principal author of the bill, said this measure seeks to address the problem of students incurring incomplete grades and being embarrassed by failure to take mid-term and final examinations because of unpaid tuition fees.

The bill stipulates that it is unlawful for any tertiary educational institution including those offering vocational courses to disallow any students from taking exams because of non-payment of tuition fees.

However, students and their parents are bound to pay the accumulated dues with six percent annual interest computed from date of examination.

The school then would have the right to withhold the release of the grades of a student with a delinquent account until it is fully paid with interest. It can also deny enrollment or clearance to student with unsettled obligations.

The measure also bans schools from demanding an enrollment down payment of more than 30 percent of the total amount of tuition and other fees.
It imposes a fine of P20,000 to P50,000 for every violation committed by any school official dean, coordinator, adviser, professor, instructor or employees.

Reps. Mark Villar of Las Piñas and Marcelino Teodoro of Marikina are also co-authors of the bill.

Edcuation is one of Alavar’s priorities in the City Council. — Dan Toribio Jr.