Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are prohibited to compel their students to enroll in review classes based on their choice.
This resulted from the signing of Republic Act 10609 or Protection of Students’ Right to Enroll in Review Centers Act of 2013 which bans universities and colleges from compelling students to take review classes as prerequisite for graduation and allows the right of students enrolled in courses requiring professional licensing examinations to enroll in the review centers of their choice.
Likewise, RA 10609 prohibits forcing students to enroll in a review center of the school’s choice and to pay the corresponding fees that include transportation and board and lodging, as well as withholding the transcript of scholastic records, diploma, certification or any essential document of the student to be used in support of the application for the professional licensure examinations so as to compel the students to attend in a review center of the HEI’s choice.
School officials and employees found guilty of violating these provisions will be meted six years imprisonment and a fine of P750,000. Moreover, the professional license of erring school officials will also be revoked.
“The passage of this law is a hard-earned victory for students who have long suffered under this system. This law traces its roots from the manifold complaints we received from various graduating students who were forced by their schools to enroll in review classes as prerequisite for graduation,” former Rep. Palatino of Kabataan party-list, one of the authors of the measure, said in a statement.
“It is actually a long-standing profiteering scheme enforced by certain school officials and owners of review centers to guarantee profits. We earnestly hope that other pro-student bills, including the Students’ Rights Bill and the Anti-‘No Permit, No Exam Policy’ bill be passed into law in the near future,” Palatino added.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed the measure into law last August 23.
Llanesca T. Panti