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Bar Exams Moved To February As Examinees Catch COVID

Bar Exams Moved To February As Examinees Catch COVID
File photo shows 2018 Bar examinees awaiting results at the Supreme Court compound on May 3, 2019. Photo by KJ Rosales, The Philippine STAR

The Supreme Court (SC) has rescheduled the 2020/2021 Bar examinations to Feb. 4 and 6, amid the worsening COVID-19 situation in the Philippines that is affecting not only examinees but also personnel who will be deployed during exam days.

A two-page bar bulletin signed by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen stated that the previous schedule of Jan. 23 and 25 will not push through, as 16.8 percent of the 8,546 bar examinees have either tested positive for COVID-19, are living with someone positive with the virus or under quarantine due to a close contact.

Leonen added that they will also be understaffed if the examinations will push through this month, given the current infection rate and quarantine situation of 16 of the 31 teams of bar personnel that will be deployed during the exams.

He said that all existing instructions in the previous bar bulletins will not be affected by the bulletin issued yesterday, as he emphasized that all examinees are advised to strictly undergo quarantine by Jan. 20, 2022.

Earlier this month, the SC decided to shorten the duration of the 2020/2021 Bar examinations from the previous four consecutive Sundays to just to two days.

The decision was due to the impact of Typhoon Odette and the surge in new COVID-19 cases believed to be fueled by the community transmission of the Omicron variant.

Bar examinees can send their concerns through the newly created email address: BarChairLeonen@gmail.com.